Max Radler Totentanz
MAX RADLER (German, 1904-1971), „Auch ein Totentanz“ (Danse macabre), 1940-1941
11 pieces , 11cm x 18cm, Ink on various papers.
The „Danse Macabre 1940-1941“ consists of 11 ink drawings picturing death in different modern (1940) situations. (The displayed order is by numeration of the the artist.)
Max Radler was born in 1904 in Breslau. He started out as a decorator and carpenter. In 1927 and 1928 he studied at the School of crafts and painting in Munich (Münchner Gewerbeschule für das Malerhandwerk) and joined the class of Prof. Meier-Franken. Later on, he became a student and friend of Georg Schrimpf, Otto Grassl and Oskar Maria Graf. From 1930 on, he was a member of the artists group „Die Juryfreien“ in Munich. In the same year, his famous painting „Der Radiohörer“ (The radio listener) was executed. In WW2 Max Radler served as a soldier and was imprisoned by British troops. Almost his complete work was lost in a 1945 bombing. After the war, he became a member of the artistsgroup „Neuen Gruppe“, Munich and worked for several news magazines like „Ping-Pong“, „Der Simpl“ and „Der Simplicissimus“ as a cartoonist and illustrator.