Gustave-Henri Jossot

Another Jugend artist, this time a French one.  Gustave-Henri Jossot’s style was a simple kind of art nouveau, with bold lines and colors.  Frequently it was cartoonish, as in this piece.  When he took a more serious tack, his work was strikingly vibrant and rich, sometimes resembling stained glass windows.  Although an Islamic convert, Jossot was a progressive thinker and sharp critic of the status quo of early twentieth century Europe.  He was certainly no fan of the Catholic church, as the following cartoon demonstrates.  The caption bellow the picture is a quote from the book of Romans in the Bible, chapter 16, and is the second half of verse 18 (bolded below).  In order to understand the context, though, you’ll need verses 17 and 18 in toto:

17: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18: For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Jossot is pointing out that many priests use flattery to trick the simpler folks amongst their flock into giving up their hard-earned money to the church. One can well imagine what Jossot would’ve thought of the current sexual abuse scandal revolving around the Catholic church today.


Gustave-Henri Jossot – (Title Unknown) (1902)

Gustave-Henri Jossot

Walther Teutsch

Another German artist.  I have gobs of these in the queue to be posted, so we may be dealing with German art all summer.  This painting is odd in that there’s a trick of perspective which makes the little girl look like a giant.  She also looks doll-like because of her stiff pose, dull eyes and desexualized crotch, giving the whole painting a surreal twist.  I can see a gargantuan baby doll brought to life Frankenstein-style and tramping through the German countryside, uprooting trees and smashing houses underfoot.  All of this is unintentional, I’m sure, but I find it amusing nonetheless.  Teutsch was an amateur but notable because a few of his pieces are held at the Museum of Modern Art.


Walther Teutsch – Der Frühling (Kind mit Blumen auf einer Wiese) (1918)

Alexander Frenz

I’m looking at a lot of German artists lately, in connection with my research ofJugend, the influential German art nouveau magazine.  Here is an illustration by Alexander Frenz, one of the lesser known contributors to Jugend.  He didn’t have a lot of artistic output as far as I can tell, but I did come up with this one.


Alexander Frenz – Portrait of a Young Girl

Dorothea Tanning

Surrealist painter Dorothea Tanning passed away earlier this year, and I’d been planning to make a tribute post to her for awhile but just hadn’t got around to it until now.  She was one of the few female surrealists in the early years of the movement, and her work often dealt with femininity, either overtly or under the surface.  Young girls popped up in her work from time to time during the early years, including in her most famous painting, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, but as her work became increasingly abstract, this didn’t last long. Tanning was married to fellow surrealist Max Ernst.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1943 by Dorothea Tanning born 1910

Dorothea Tanning – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1943)

Dorothea Tanning - Maternity (1946)

Dorothea Tanning – Maternity (1946)

Dorothea Tanning - Palaestra (1947)

Dorothea Tanning – Palaestra (1947)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (1)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (1)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (2)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (2)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (detail 1)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (detail 1)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (detail 2)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (detail 2)

Dorothea Tanning - Interior with Sudden Joy (1951)

Dorothea Tanning – Interior with Sudden Joy (1951)

Dorothea Tanning - Interior with Sudden Joy (1951) (detail)

Dorothea Tanning – Interior with Sudden Joy (1951) (detail)

Dorothea Tanning (Official Site)
[Editor: It contains larger images of Palaestra, The Guest Room and Interior with Sudden Joy.]

Wikipedia: Dorothea Tanning

Eva Záhořová

This was another happy accident.  I’d never heard of Eva Záhořová until I stumbled onto one of these photos whilst looking for something by a different photographer.  That photo led me to the rest of these images.  I love it when that happens.  I can’t find anything on the photographer herself, other than that she is apparently the great granddaughter of Božena Němcová, a Czech writer.  I have no idea who this cherubic little cutie is either, but she looks mischievous in a couple of these, doesn’t she?

Edit: In perusing the archive from which these images were taken a little more in depth, I think I may have made a mistake.  The site may not have been listing the photographer but rather the subject, meaning our little cherub could be Eva Záhořová.  Well, in my defense, it’s a Czech site and rather confusing.  Anyway, whether photographer or subject, someone involved in the making of these images is named Eva Záhořová.  Until I know for sure, I’ll leave the pics unlabeled.

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[September 30, 2014] One of our readers has informed me that he attempted to contact the museum and selected the option to order prints.  Apparently, the order option on the museum’s website is automatic for all images digitized from the Sechtl and Vosecek archive which includes the Záhořová images.  The curator or clerk at the museum replied that they are unwilling to sell prints of these images on the grounds that the grandchildren might object for personal reasons.  Although this is disappointing news for those who may want to own prints, it does confirm that the name on this post does indeed refer to the subject, that she is a grandmother and that the photos belong to a particular archive that might offer a clue to the name of the photographer.  -Ron


From redx on April 28, 2012
oh wow, I’ve seen these before long, long ago. problem was that I could never remember the website and google failed me. I think at the time I was under the impression that the photos originated in Poland so maybe that’s why I couldn’t use my google-fu. if I remember there were a few more pictures of this little princess (though I think you have all of the really good ones here.)
any help on finding where these came from?

From pipstarr72 on April 28, 2012
Hi, redx. My source is here. I used all of the images of her from the site except the first one, which is the same as the second, only laterally reversed and with a weird pink tint to the skin. Hand-tinting black & white images is a skill that few people seem to have mastered, and I generally don’t care for it. There is also some visible damage to the glass covering it which added to it’s unsightliness. The rest of the photos were all fine.


Korn is a metal band that started in the ’90s.  It was both an early example of, and a huge influence on, the nu-metal movement.  I’m not a fan of nu-metal in general, but I did like Korn back in the day.  I bought their eponymous first album right around the time Shoots and Ladders was getting heavy rotation on MTV and got all the subsequent albums through Untouchables, at which point they were becoming stale and derivative.  The running theme through Korn’s album covers has been child abuse, and as such many of them feature little girls.

This is the cover for their self-titled debut album.  The back cover features the same swing set from the same camera angle and is thus nearly identical to the front, with the exception that the girl is gone, as is the man’s shadow (suggesting an abduction).

Korn - Korn (front cover)

Korn – Korn (front cover)

The band’s second album, Life is Peachy, features a little boy, so we’ll skip to the next one. Follow the Leader is notable for the fact that the album art was created by comic book artists Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane. There’s also a spectacular music video for the single “Freak on a Leash” (directed by McFarlane) in which the little girl in red plays a central part.

Greg Capullo; Todd McFarlane - Korn - Follow the Leader (front cover)

Greg Capullo; Todd McFarlane – Korn – Follow the Leader (front cover)

Greg Capullo; Todd McFarlane - Korn - Follow the Leader (back cover)

Greg Capullo; Todd McFarlane – Korn – Follow the Leader (back cover)

Capullo Art

Wikipedia: Greg Capullo

McFarlane (Todd McFarlane’s toy company website)

Wikipedia: Todd McFarlane

For the fourth album, Issues, the band held a contest to allow their fans to create the cover, and of all the submissions, four were chosen to be the album’s actual cover. Again, all of the covers are thematically linked to child abuse, though only the 2nd place winning cover has an actual young girl on it.

Korn - Issues (2nd place cover)

Korn – Issues (2nd place cover)

The fifth album, Untouchables, features a group of rough-looking and clearly abused children.

Korn - Untouchables (cover)

Korn – Untouchables (cover)

Five more albums have been released since Untouchables, but only one of them, Korn III: Remember Who You Are, has a little girl on the cover. And once again, the album art hints at something sinister.

Korn - Korn III: Remember Who You Are (cover)

Korn – Korn III: Remember Who You Are (cover)

Korn (Official Site)

Wikipedia: Korn

Fleetwood Mac

I grew up on Fleetwood Mac, as they were yet another of my dad’s favorite bands.  They have a few covers that are relevant to this blog, so here they be.

One other thing before we get to the images: I clearly overestimated my speed at getting the album cover posts up, so they may spill over into next month even, but I think I can work them all in this month.  It’s daunting though because some of them are rather large posts, and I confess I’m not crazy about making posts that take me over a half hour to get up.  Anyway . . .

Fleetwood Mac - Heroes Are Hard to Find (cover)

Fleetwood Mac – Heroes Are Hard to Find (cover)

Fleetwood Mac - Future Games (cover)

Fleetwood Mac – Future Games (cover)

I really love this next one.  It was actually created and drawn by band member Christine McVie.  It has a nice fantasy/fairy tale feel to it.

Christine McVie - Fleetwood Mac - Kyln House (cover)

Christine McVie – Fleetwood Mac – Kyln House (cover)

Fleetwood Mac (Official Site)

Wikipedia: Fleetwood Mac

Jules-Adolphe Chauvet

Now this is fun!  Note that one of the putti at top has an erection, and the other one is a girl!  It’s quite rare to see blatantly female putti like that.  And all the stuff going on at the bottom . . . très amusant. Chauvet, a student of Eugène Ciceri, produced this when he was twenty years old, providing the date is correct.


Jules-Adolphe Chauvet – The Centre of the World (1848)