The Century Guild Museum of Art

Der Orchideengarten Diabolical Fantasia (11 x 14 Letterpress Patronage Print #5)



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Presenting one of five limited edition letterpress prints featuring artwork selected from our new book, Diabolical Fantasia: The Artwork of The Orchid Garden - 1919.

Each print is made by hand using magnesium plates, textured archival paper, and an antique printing press. The rich black inks and deep, textured impressions recreate the striking look and substantial feel of artworks from 1919, when the original art was first created.

Blindstamped with the Century Guild seal

Paper measures 11 inches x 14 inches

The prints are also available as a complete set of five, and come presented in a black folio reminiscent of the period, with gold letterpress emblem on the cover.

About the book...

Founded four years before the iconic American magazine Weird Tales launched in March 1923, Der Orchideengarten is considered to be the first fantasy and science fiction magazine. 

Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic.  

While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted in multiple places across the last century; we have focused our attention on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories.

The artworks range from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions- all balancing the romantic and the Gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication.  

The Orchid Garden: Diabolical Fantasia thoroughly covers a carefully curated selection of magnificent and macabre illustrations from the issues published in 1919.

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