BLICKFANG: The Eye-Catching Covers of Weimar Berlin

I feature here twenty-five book covers and posters from the out-of-print book Blickfang: Bucheinbände und Schutzumschläge Berliner Verlage 1919–1933 (Holstein, 2005), ISBN 9783000147869.


This massive book features a thousand images, and it was not easy to select only twenty-five. Graphic design titans like Jan Tschichold, George Salter, Herbert Bayer, and Herbert Matter rub shoulders with Hans Bellmer, John Heartfield, Hanna Hoch, and a gaggle of Expressionists and Dadaists. It's an overwhelming visual feast summed up by new favorite German word "Blickfang": "eye catcher."



Illus. and design by Oskar Garvens, book cover, Germany, 1925





Photomontage by John Heartfield, book cover, Germany, 1927





Illus. and design by Frans Masreel, book cover, Germany, 1925





Illus. by "NB," book cover, Germany, 1932





Poster design by Alex Keil, featuring book cover, Germany, 1930





Book cover by Franz Peffer, using publisher logo of Karl Schulpig, Germany, 1929





Design by A. K. Hemberger, book cover, Germany, 1930





Design by Lucian Bernhard and Fritz Rosen, book cover, Germany, 1929





Illus. and design by Hans Bellmer, book cover, Germany, 1925





Illus. and design by "N," book cover, Germany, 1928





Illus. and cover design by George Grosz, for his own book, Germany, 1923


Dec. 2011 update: see my later post of covers by Grosz




Illus. and design by Anna Lesznai, book cover, Germany, 1925





Design by Hans Th. Hoyer ("HH"), book cover, Germany, 1926





Raoul Hausmann, book cover (by Hausmann), Germany, 1921





Graphic and design by Adrien Turel, book cover, Germany, 1931





Joachim Karsch, book cover, Germany, 1933





Illus. by "R.C.R.," book cover by George Salter, German edition of Difficult Death, 1930
One of my favorite books





Hannah Hoch, book cover, Germany, 1920





collage by a five-year-old, book cover, Germany, 1933





Tom (Martha G.) Seidmann-Freud, book cover, Germany, 1923


Dec. 2011 update: See my post on this illustrator



Tom (Martha G.) Seidmann-Freud, book cover, Germany, 1924





Russian-language Tolstoy book published in Germany, 1923, cover by Wassilij N. Masjutin





Max Graeser, book cover, Germany, 1925





Ringelnatz, book cover, Germany, 1924





Heinz Fuchs, poster, Germany, 1919



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