Illustrations by Walter Draesner from “Ein Totentanz” 1922

Twenty two illustrations by Walter Draesner from “Ein Totentanz” 1922.  Laser cut onto black acrylic.

Some of my favorites:

Illustration Nr. 11 Tod auf dem Meere. (Died at Sea)

Illustration Nr. 11 Tod auf dem Meere. (Died at Sea)

The ship is rolling on an ocean wave and getting ripped apart by Death.  Death has a pipe in his mouth.

Illustration Nr. 12 Tod und Eisenbahn. (Death and the Railroad)

Illustration Nr. 12 Tod und Eisenbahn. (Death and the Railroad)

Bridge span is out and the train is steaming toward the gap.  There is a tiny silhouette of a person in the engine and more in the passenger car that follows it.  Death lurks gleefully beneath the span.  He seems to have a smile on his face.

Illustration Nr. 15 Tod im Bergwerk. (Death in the Mine)

Illustration Nr. 15 Tod im Bergwerk. (Death in the Mine)

Its an explosion in a mine.  You can see the debris radiating around Death’s hand.  Two surprised miners attempt to shield themselves from the blast.  What’s really great about this one is that the background is black and only the explosion illuminates the scene.

Illustration Nr. 17 Tod und Flieger. (Death and the Flyers)

Illustration Nr. 17 Tod und Flieger. (Death and the Flyers)

Death uses his finger to control the wind.  The biplane careens out of control.  The wind is represented as twisted lines which really gives it a great look.

Illustration Nr. 19 Tod im Zweikampf. (Death in a Dual)

Illustration Nr. 19 Tod im Zweikampf. (Death in a Dual)

Death wins the dual!  His opponent jerks his head back as he begins to fall backwards.

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