Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This post is another in my "who was famous in the 60's?" series. The artist on this page Kley was a German newspaper cartoonist who lived from 1863 to 1945.I am excited to turn you on to this guy. I am very fond of his work. He LIT me up in the late 60's. Dover press published several books of his drawings and he was a a great hero to me in high school. I drew a lot in India ink trying to acquire the look of these. I can't say that I ever did.
Kley was a wildly talented irreverent cartoonist who took on the church the government and the foibles of the German people. His drawings are facile in the extreme. His command of the figure and animal anatomy is wonderful. I envied his ability to whip out those lithe nudes in any position or angle he needed.
Kley was a big influence on the movie Fantasia and was studied extensively by the Disney artists of that era. I think that is probably why his reputation has survived. He is all but forgotten in Germany today.
If you want to see an example of someone who could draw with a pen fluidly I think Kley and Charles Dana Gibson are great examples. They lived at roughly the same time and their ability was developed because printing in the popular press at that time did very well on ink drawings.
These images are from "More Drawings by Heinrich Kley copyright 1962 by Dover Press, here is a link to where you can get a copy.