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Artists and Prophets

A secret history of visionaries, provocateurs and al fresco evangelists

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Artists and Prophets

A secret history of visionaries, provocateurs and al fresco evangelists

Places: Casa Grande

100 years since the death of artist and lifestyle pioneer Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Places: Casa Grande

100 years since the death of artist and lifestyle pioneer Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach | paintings

Diefenbach’s paintings of figures amid swirling sea- and landscapes are less often remembered than his lifestyle innovations.

Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach | paintings

Diefenbach’s paintings of figures amid swirling sea- and landscapes are less often remembered than his lifestyle innovations.

Dress-down Friday: Gusto Gräser

Gräser’s idealism, ascetic lifestyle and incessant wanderings bring to mind a Herman Hesse character. And little wonder; Hesse was one of Gräser’s followers and worked both the personality and teachings of his guru through several of his books.

Dress-down Friday: Gusto Gräser

Gräser’s idealism, ascetic lifestyle and incessant wanderings bring to mind a Herman Hesse character. And little wonder; Hesse was one of Gräser’s followers and worked both the personality and teachings of his guru through several of his books.

Dress-down Friday: Bohemian Schwabing

Their living habits may have been unconventional but by day, at least, many of the Schwabing Bohemians appeared suprisingly conservative, barely distinguishable from public servants of the era. But this was only part of the story…

Dress-down Friday: Bohemian Schwabing

Their living habits may have been unconventional but by day, at least, many of the Schwabing Bohemians appeared suprisingly conservative, barely distinguishable from public servants of the era. But this was only part of the story…

Places: Miramare

Maximilian and Charlotte’s imperial adventure was one of the most absurd episodes in the gothic carnival of wretchedness that characterised the last few decades of Habsburg rule, and its memory hung heavy over Miramare.

Places: Miramare

Maximilian and Charlotte’s imperial adventure was one of the most absurd episodes in the gothic carnival of wretchedness that characterised the last few decades of Habsburg rule, and its memory hung heavy over Miramare.

Dress-down Friday: Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Diefenbach pronounced the virtues of free love and the vice of cigarettes, preaching temperance and vegetarianism to a city sodden with beer and swollen with wurst. But it was his approach to dress which most alarmed Wilhelmine Germany.

Dress-down Friday: Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Diefenbach pronounced the virtues of free love and the vice of cigarettes, preaching temperance and vegetarianism to a city sodden with beer and swollen with wurst. But it was his approach to dress which most alarmed Wilhelmine Germany.

Cosmic countess

One of the key characters associated with bohemian Munich was writer Countess Fanny zu Reventlow. Growing up in northern Germany, it was evident early on that she was of rebellious cast. “How stifling it is to be a ‘young girl from a good family’!” she exclaimed at one point.

Cosmic countess

One of the key characters associated with bohemian Munich was writer Countess Fanny zu Reventlow. Growing up in northern Germany, it was evident early on that she was of rebellious cast. “How stifling it is to be a ‘young girl from a good family’!” she exclaimed at one point.

Back to naturism

Photos of Diefenbach are uncannily redolent of 1960s hippy commune-dwellers. Beginning in the 1880s, Diefenbach took to wearing a caftan and sandals (or nothing at all), gave up meat, alcohol and tobacco while espousing free love, pacifism and sun worship.

Back to naturism

Photos of Diefenbach are uncannily redolent of 1960s hippy commune-dwellers. Beginning in the 1880s, Diefenbach took to wearing a caftan and sandals (or nothing at all), gave up meat, alcohol and tobacco while espousing free love, pacifism and sun worship.