Polka I-IV (four sheets),

pencil and brown ink on paper,



Fidus (Luebeck 1868-1948 Woltersdorf bei Berlin), also known as Hugo Hoeppener

"Polka I-IVl"

four sheets


pen and brown ink on brown paper

each 50 x 35,5 cm (19 5/8 x 14 in.)

"Polka I" signed, dated, and titled lower left: "Fidus - 94 Polka I"

"Polka II-IV" each signed and titled lower left.


Provenance:  Industrialist Dr. Eugen Lucius (1834-1903), Frankfurt a.M, who acquired the drawings directly from the artist in 1897.

Hippie style in 1894:  Polka I-IV, a set of four ink drawings by Fidus (1868-1948), the proto-hippie German artist.  His visionary artwork would later have an influence upon the rock-concert poster art produced in San Francisco in the 1960s.

Publication History:

"Fidus," Moderne illustrierte Zeitung für Reise und Sport, Heft 3, March 1917, pgs. 23-28,  ill. pg. 23 (Polka II) and ill. pg. 24 (Polka IV).    

Fidus (Hugo Höppener) Mappe II.  12 Kunstdrucke aus der "Jugend."  (München: Verlag der "Jugend," 1919), Plate 3 (Polka I-IV).

Karl-Ludwig Barkhausen, " Fidus in der Lüneburger Heide,", 2019, ill. pg. 34 (Polka II).





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