woensdag 2 januari 2013

Masereel schilderde honger

HERE is a suggestion that should be included in the peace terms: that the youth of all aggressor nations be forced to read, study, and remember Frans Masereel's "Danse Macabre." The book can be understood by peasants and intellectuals alike, and men, women, and children of all nationalities may read it easily without the help of a dictionary. For it is written in the universal language of drawings in black and white, and its plot leaves nothing to guess. It tells the story of war; war descending upon the earth, destroying, mutilating, burning until there is nothing left except hunger behind an empty counter.
Dat schreef Marianne Hauser in 1943 in de Saterday Review. Kort daarvoor maakte Masereel dit schilderij (50 x 32 cm), dat te koop is bij Hauff en Auverman te Berlijn.