Secessionist Medals

Secessionist Artists - WWI 1914 -1918 => Karl May => Topic started by: Rabenauge on December 23, 2019, 03:50:44 AM

Title: After the Battle
Post by: Rabenauge on December 23, 2019, 03:50:44 AM

Karl May.  (1915). 

NACH DER —— SCHLACHT (after the battle).  Single-sided cast bronze, brown patina, 68 mm, 76.8 g.  Fast gussfrisch (near as-cast), some slight flaking of patina.  Rare.

Death, personified as a skeleton, sits contemplatively atop stylized cannon to right, left leg stretched along gun barrel,  head resting in right hand; legend upper edge, saparated by image; artist's initials KM in cartouche lower left.

Cf: Bernhart, Max.  1915.  Kriegsmedaillen bayerischer Künstler, pl. XVIII: 91.

Cf: Bernhart, Max.  1917.  Die Münchener Medaillenkunst der Gegenwart, pl. 36, no. 258.

Cf: Feldmann, Achim.  2012.  "Karl May: Bildhauer, Medailleur und Schmuckkünstler in München und Erlangen (Teil 2)", in: MGM Joker KG, Feiner und alter und antike Schmuck.  Aus Privatbesitz, Katalog XXI, München (2012), p. 9.
Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A.  2016.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p 278: 22.27.

One of the series of seven "Totentanz" medals by Karl May.  The "Totentanz" genre, as is well known, originated in Medieval and Early Modern art of Central Europe - notably with the woodcuts of Hans Holbein - and versions thereafter have continued to be developed, particularly in the German-speaking lands, into modern times.  A number of First World War German medallists produced individual designs of Death represented as a skeleton or an animated corpse, and a few produced series, among them Walther Eberbach, Arnold Zadikow, and Karl May.  For a general overview of examples, see the above-referenced work by Dietrich Klose, 2016.