17 October 2013

Jugendstil

An illustration by Max Hagen (1859-1914) in Jugend magazine (Nr. 41, 1901), via mpt. 1607's Flickr stream. He has collected quite a bit of interesting material from the Wilhelmine period.


The text at the foot of the picture comes from Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra:

"Ich liebe Den, der über sich selber hinaus schaffen will und so zu Grunde geht."

I would translate this as:

"I love him who wishes to create something out of and beyond himself, and who perishes as a result."

The "out of" is more implied than literal.