10if0 Siao alteyaliciftiUMjuiZude. ïfdlttttftetuigcjütuudaatöe TmBluFnartiriirtmacteumleeitiefie, Wasiiegettuig!Peegifidasltticfef SamMutementcaftbat Sdfiiuf, TieMaMtempletauf, muffijucf 7u beideJjattdelSinBiuftfrti'ii: Tastme^twindmutPcc/Ofon! VeolitVmjaljBWg! <W.u%.Stlisi6llwüumaA£- tttHjUigeu Jeitium Zeifungskopf Title of a Newspaper is characterised by a healthy humour, sunniness v and now and then delightful suggestions of baroque gaiety just like the architecture and landscape of his own native town. "Laughing wood" is the name he aptly gave to a few issues of his wood cuts. And the wood does laugh; for the effects the artist achieves actually emanate from the peculiar character and texture of the material. Rother's woodcuts are vigor ous compositions and essentially German. Cheerful, thoughtful and yet full of sentiment they resemble the works of another Fran- conian Rudolf Schiestl who died prematurely. Rother, however, has another quality that justifies his ranking beside the most talented advertising artists of the day. He is a man of vision with a vivid imagination and ideas of amazing multiformity in rich abundance. Actually Rother is a sculptor by profession. He was nearly forty when in 1929 he turned his attention to graphic art. In a very short time he had a large circle of admirers. Indeed it would appear that hardly a family event could take place in the well-to-do circles of his native town without Rother's assistance in advertising it. The number of New Year greetings he executed was very considerable. He designed these season able cards for printing houses, manufac turers of household linen, sanatoria, cabinet makers and other tradespeople who wished 22

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