Die Frau im Mond – The Woman in the Moon. Original poster lithograph adapted from the original painting Die Frau im Mond – The Woman in the Moon. Drawn by the famous author and artist Aubrey Beardsley, the PPP poster Die Frau im Mond – The Woman in the Moon poster is a rare 1960’s original edition print. Published by PPP – Populäre Propaganda Presse in the late 1960’s in Germany. Populäre Propaganda Presse was one of the german poster print pioneers in the 1960’s. See our well sorted PPP section for more.
Die Frau im Mond – The Woman in the Moon, Frontispiece for Salomé (1894). This work was created for Salomé, Oscar Wilde’s book based on his own play. Inspired by the murderous biblical femme fatale who killed John the Baptist, Wilde’s Salomé was condemned as blasphemous. Beardsley’s illustrations took this offense to a new level, poking fun not only at repressive Victorian society, but also at the posturing of Wilde himself. Here, a naked man (Page of Herodias) stands protectively in front of a robed man (Narraboth) and gazes apprehensively at the moon on the horizon.
In Wilde’s rendition of Salomé, both characters fall victim to unrequited love. The Page loves Narraboth; while Narraboth loves Salomé. Standing on Narraboth’s robe, the Page attempts to shield them both from the gaze of the moon. In the text, Wilde alludes to the magical power of the moon to hold sway over human moods. Beardsley plays with this idea by depicting the (wo)man in the Moon as the author, Oscar Wilde, who indeed literally controls his characters. The cartoon moon-face seems fat and droopy, similar to other mocking portraits Beardsley created of Wilde that poked fun at his pretensions. (taken from thearthistory.org)
This Lithograph is category B+. It has tiny small cuts and bruises on the edges (the beauty of original vintage), which can be seen on the high res. pop-up image of the product.