Monday, February 18, 2019

Illustrations of Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust has been published in hundreds of editions in all the European languages, many of them illustrated. So there is a very rich store of pictures to go with his story. Which I have only read in German, as a college sophomore, barely understanding what was happening, so I couldn't tell you what most of these show. (Richard Westfall, Faust and Lilith, 1831)

Different versions of Faust's Dream, from top to bottom: August von Kreling, 1877; Eugène Delacroix, 1828; Carl Gustav Carus, 1851.

Faust in his Study: Ary Scheffer, 1831; August von Kreling, 1877; Carl Gustav Carus, 1851.

Faust and Mephistopheles: Harry Clarke, 1925; Anton Kaulbach, 1900; Maurice Boutet, 1878.

Old Faust, Salvador Dali, 1968

Faust and Marguerite, Harry Clark, 1925

Mephistopheles: Eugène Delacroix, 1828; Eduard von Grützner, 1895

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