aka Hugo Simberg: #gpoy #1897
These photographs are undated, the prints are all from 1897. Simberg had just been introduced to printmaking by his then mentor Akseli Gallen-Kallela and went crazy on those zinc plates. Not that there was much else to do, for Akseli had his studio out in the middle of nowhere.
Simberg also loved to photograph (boys mostly, it appears), and in the first photo in the set above he can be seen working on an etching in the only way proper in Finland 1897: well-dressed in white shirt, bowtie and straw hat. Flowers and hard ground on the table, well worn wooden wall backdrop.
Details for the etchings :
(dimensions are image size, paper size may be larger)
Self-portrait II, 1897
Death Asks for Pictures on his Scythe, 1897
Heating the Sauna, 1897
The one with Death getting his scythe blinged up is most probably some sort of a self portrait as well, if one goes by the mustache. After you’ve spent all night working on Death’s scythe, you’re forgiven a weak impression, at least in my book.
In the last photo we see Simberg reclining in what must’ve been 1897’s most rawrsome outfit, pulling off a classical muse pose with a suaveness that has gone extinct in today’s printmaking world*.
The photos I actually scanned out of a children’s book about Simberg, Finnish only, I’m sorry. Saved some for a future post. If you’re curious about Hugo, here’s my earlier post about his Garden of Death - highly recommended.
236 post in, i’ve just got to get this out - you guys are awesome <3 I’ve met some incredibly intriguing people thanks to tumblr, and BHP has gotten more attention than I would have expected. Or, to say it in Pokémon, according to the National Pokédex: #446 Munchlax. I mean look at this guy!
I’ve been listening to 16 Horsepower all evening:
and to Front 242 while working, from 1897 to 2029: