This original gouache painting by listed artist Franz Paul Glass shows a smiling, cloven-hoofed Satan cavorting with three naked and adoring female creatures. His nude companions are women with budding horns and snake-like lower bodies which curl around his furry legs. This wicked scene takes place amongst the rising flames and shimmering heat of hell. Glass handles this subject here with a wry playfulness, this isn't the horrific vision of Bosch or Dante's Inferno.
Franz Paul Glass ( 1886 - 1964 ) was raised in Germany during the turn of the 19th C into the 20th C, a time of great flowering of the arts in Europe; in Germany specifically, the Jugendstil which featured Art Nouveau design, flourished. Glass spent a couple of formative years in Italy before returning to Munich to establish himself as a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and typographer. In 1914 and then again in 1924, Glass and some fellow artists formed a group known as 'The Six,' with the aim of self promotion. One of his most enduring legacies was the creation of many fonts that bear his name and are still in wide use today.
Condition is grand, the colors are rich and vibrant. The painting is clearly signed in the upper right corner, and the wooden frame shows only the most minor wear. Measures 21 1/2" x 17 3/8" overall, with a sight size of 11" x 10 3/4" inside the mat which includes the lines around the perimeter of the painting which mimic those on a French mat.
As you can see from the two Franz Paul Glass pieces in my shop (the other is RL-1048), this gifted artist had a vivid imagination and was not afraid to let it inform his art. This is a charming and delightful painting of what is traditionally depicted as a dark and frightening subject. In short, it's one hell of a painting. Enjoy!
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