Olaf Gulbransson was born in Oslo, Norway on May 26, 1873. At 17 years old, he began to contribute illustrations to Norwegian magazines such as Tyrihans, the Norwegian satirical magazine. During this time, he studied at the prestigious Academie Colarossi in Paris. He began to contribute to Simplicissimus in 1902. In 1929, be became a professor at the art academy of Munich. I would love to have him as my teacher.
He was a well-known artist, even gaining an exhibition at the art academy in Berlin in 1933. Two days later, the Nazi party shut it down. He continued to contribute to the magazine until it's cancellation in 1944.
He died in Tegernsee, Germany on September 18, 1958.
I shall be translating from the original German.
Impossible"You have no children, Mr. Guschelhauer?"
"No, we aren't acrobats, you know."
In the Night Spot"Miss, do you too have something in your character that you constantly have to fight against?"
A Friendly Suggestion"We can now bring the stories in the Bible into agreement with the natural sciences. According to the latest research, Adam did not accept the apple from Eve; our first mother therefore gave it to a gorilla. An thus Darwin's theory is proven."
Isadora Duncan"Orpheus and Eurydice. Rhythmic study based on Euripides' Bacchae. Bacchus and Ariadne, a dance based on Titian's painting of the name. "Mein kleine Danz is finished"."
Tivoli"Min, I wish you could have the same sensation that I do of seeing the inventors of the splendid grammatical construction facere non possum ut non or quin walking amongst these ruins in the flesh." *
A Fit of Debility"Look at that!" ... "Eh, old man, now I've got to help you up again?"
The Height of FashionInspired by Rabindranath Tagore, fashionable Berlin practices contemplation of the navel.
*Appendage: This is the town of Tivoli outside of Rome. The Latin construction admired by this Gymnasium teacher means "I cannot help (doing something)".
All of these cartoons and translations come from a book called Simplicimuss, a collection of 180 cartoons from the magazine, collected and edited by Stanley Aplebaum.
I hope you enjoyed this first batch of Gulbransson cartoons. Stay tuned for more!!