Searle on Berlin….
You should know by now that I’ll take any excuse to show some Ronald Searle artwork here on the blog. And why not? Genius is often overused. Not here, not with Searle.
Over at Matt Jones’ excellent Perpetua blog, he’s a series of pieces from Searle’s work documenting the events in Berlin. They’re featured in a new exhibition on the Architecture of War at the Imperial War museum, London. And they are, as you would expect, truly beautiful, Searle capturing all the chaos, surreality and emotion of the times…
These first three were part on a Punch reportage piece, first a couple detailing so much, so vividly capturing the scene, and the final piece is heartbreaking…..
‘Die Mauer 2 – Berlin (Berlin Wall) East German Volkspolizei’, 7 October 1961
‘Die Mauer 3 – Berlin (Berlin Wall) Near the Potsdamer Platz’, 7 Oct 61
‘Die Mauer 6 – Berlin (Berlin Wall) Waving to relatives in the Eastern Zone’ 8 October 1961
These later pieces were drawn for Look magazine; ”The Rise of New Nationalism in Germany” December 14, 1965:
‘East Berlin’ 1963