Recently, I came across some striking b&w illustrations by the artist that were more explicitly erotic in their portrayal in comparison with his other work. I was curious about their background and approached the artist. Michael told me that some of the images are from a book entitled ‘Melchior Grün‘ published in 1999 and 2000, for which he provided both text and illustrations.
The book features the weird adventures of a medieval bard, Melchior Grün. This character with his pointed hat experiences fantastic and gallant adventures on his journey and meets rat kings, magicians, monsters and erotic women. Stylistically, the work is a mixture of fresh fairy tale subjects and a parallel world from the Cthulhu mythos.
The apperceptions combine to create a coherent, gloomy image with intertextual echoes: the evil magician evokes memories of Petrosilius Zwackelmann, the narrative of a “Journey to the Moon” seems to be based on the film of the same name by Georges Méliès (see video), the narrative style of Moritats is similar to biblical texts. The stories are quite erotic, but not really pornographic.
The following images are loosely connected to the Melchior Grün tales and are more explicit in nature…
Melchior Grün is available on Etsy.com…!!
The above pics have been made available by the artist!
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