Dresden: Verlag der Schönheit, 1927. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. 32pp. 5, 47 plates. (1)pp. Original brown stiff wraps with portrait lithograph of Fahrenkrog and black lettering on brown cover, back cover gray with publisher's advertisement; protected by modern mylar. Title page with a decorative Fahrenkrog lithograph, including lettering, with pink offset overprint. Kunstgabe 2. Lithographic decorative initials, head and endpiece in two colors.
Contains a text by Kurt Engelbrecht on the work of Ludwig Fahrenkrog: 1. His art and folklore, 2. Homeland and Personality, 3. The way to adventures of the soul, 4. Inner transformation, 5. Nature and human Being. illustrated with five full page color and forty-seven b/w full page offset reproductions of Fahrenkrog's paintings.
Educated at the Royal Art Academy in Berlin Fahrenkrog's work may be classified in a few categories with Symbolism becoming the predominant texture of his later work. Fahrenkrog was involved in various "pagan religious groups," e.g. the Germanic Faith-Community (GGG), striving for the revival of a pre-Christian Germanic faith, most prevalent in his painting "Lucifer's Renunciation of God" in 1898. An attempt to build a Germanic temple, designed by his stepson, in the 1920s failed, due to protest of Christian groups and disagreements among GGG members. After the Nazis rise to power the GGG was one of the few groups not forced to disband, but limited in its activities. An exhibit of his paintings in 1934 was prohibited by the ministry of propaganda.
Text in German, Gothic script. Light wear along edges of wraps, small chips. Text block age-toned, plates in very good condition. Good+ to very good condition. Item #52058