Karl Pommerhanz, 1857-1940

Born in Bohemia, Karl Pommerhanz began his career as a painter in Prague. In 1886, he began working at the Fliegende Blätter, a German cartoon magazine. His cartoons for the Chicago Tribune in 1906 and 1907 have a striking linear quality. The expertly modulated lines of the figures convey both weight and motion, propelling the characters into humorous entanglements and collisions.

"The World Champion"
"The Comedy of a Fire Escape"
"Hans, on His Travels, Makes Friends with a Puppy"
"Hans Turns Sculptor and Models a Statue in Dough"
"Traveling Hans Makes His Debut as a Motorcyclist"
"Hans on His Travels Has a Bicycle Adventure"


Pommerhanz's signature
Detail from Hans
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