Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Printed Art and Social Radicalism

Die Passion Eines Menschen by Frans Masereel
Frans Masereel Belgium, 1889- 1972
Die Passion Eines Menschen [One Man’s Passion], 1921
Trade book

Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund, 1999.0028 Masereel invented the idiom of the pictorial novel, narrative books consisting of images with no texts. Masereel, who contributed large numbers woodcuts to radical journals, here chronicles one man’s life, through youth, first love, political awakening, action, and death. His direct and easily-read images became synonymous with socialist iconography and were, with the prints of Käthe Kollwitz, a primary source for the burgeoning woodcut print movement in revolutionary China.