Romantische Tierbilder zu Fabeln und Versen
This is a curious and engaging work of some substance. Disteli was a prominent Swiss painter and liberal political caricaturist. His work often shows an anticlerical bent. This book has only 120 large pages but is filled with engaging black-and-white line drawings and even has eight aquarelle facsimiles in photochrome-offset. The title-page itself is a phantasmagoric circle of birds, insects and animals around a title and a cherub guitarist with a foot resting on a snail. The first fable-oriented section is on 30, but Fröhlich's fables seem more like satire. A favorite illustration of commentators is on 19: is that a human or an animal? Other sections offer illustrations to "Alpenrosen," illustrations out of the newspaper (?) "Morgenstern," "Das Heuschreckenepos," and a "Reineke-Fragment." Perhaps best of the eight illustrations for Fröhlich's fables is "Volksvertreter" (39). The best illustration among the aquarelles for "Alpenrosen" is "Der Fröschenkampf" (51). Also very good is the fox confessing to the rabbit as he eyes the rooster (Die Fuchsbeichte," 55). "Morgenstern" involves large, complicated illustrations like a detailed view of the battle of frogs and mice (84-5). I find the various scenes depicting the life of a grasshopper less engaging. Strong among the Reineke illustrations are the leaving of Tibalt the cat in the granary (119) and the blessing of the pilgrim Reineke (121). The book seems surprisingly available on the web.
Amstutz & Herdeg