Karl Arnold (1883-1953). Eine Studie zur Biographie und zum Frühwerk des Künstlers.
Mit einem Verzeichnis seiner Zeichnungen bis 1918
Karl Arnold (1883-1953). A study of the biography and the early work of the artist.
With a catalogue raisonné of his drawings from 1907 to 1918
by Thomas Matuszak
Date of Examination:1991-07-04
Date of issue:2001-01-29
Advisor:Prof. Dr. Karl Arndt
Referee:Prof. Dr. Antje Middeldorf
Referee:Prof. Dr. Hartmut Döhl
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EnglishThe thesis on the graphic artist Karl Arnold (1883-1953) is divided into three parts. The first part is a biography on his life and work, based on a thorough investigation of archive material (diaries, letters, literature). The second part is dealing with the artistic development of the artist between 1900 and 1918/19 - from his studies at the Art Academy in Munich till the end of World War I. In 1907 Arnold became a regular contributor as a caricaturist of the famous German weekly "Simplicissimus", a periodical satirical magazine. In a serie of a number of selected drawings the author examines the works of art from a formal point of view as well as from the analysis of the content and proves the artist's ability to achieve an unmistakable style of his own at the end of the First World War. This style is maintained by the artist during the twenties. Finally the last chapter contains a catalogue raisonné of all the drawings (published und unpublished) known to the author covering the years from 1907 to 1918.
Keywords: Karl Arnold; graphic artist; caricaturist; Simplicissimus