Vintage set of 7 Lynd Ward woodblock prints c. 1929 from God's Man a wordless novel. A book by renowned American artist Lynd Ward which contains 139 black and white caption-less woodblock prints, That tells the Faustian story of an artist who signs away his soul for a magic paintbrush. Gods' Man was the first American wordless novel, and is considered a precursor of the graphic novel, whose development it influenced.
CONDITION: each is in excellent antique condition. Two of the seven had small issues at the extreme edges what would be covered by matting for framing.
SIZE: The off-white paper size 7 7/8 inches x 4 7/8 inches the image sizes vary and based on the page scale should give a good idea
A poor artist signs a contract with a masked stranger, who gives him a magic brush, with which the artist rapidly rises in the art world. He is disillusioned when he discovers the world is corrupted by money, personified by his mistress. He wanders around the city, seeing his auctioneer and mistress in everyone he sees. Enraged by the hallucinations, he attacks one of them, who turns out to be a police officer. The artist is jailed for it, but he escapes, and a mob chases him from the city. He is injured when he jumps into a ravine to avoid recapture. A woman who lives in the woods discovers him and brings him back to health. They have a child, and live a simple, happy life together, until the mysterious stranger returns and beckons the artist to the edge of a cliff. The artist prepares to paint a portrait of the stranger but fatally falls from the cliff with fright when the stranger reveals a skull-like head behind the mask
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