“FANZILET AT THE MIRROR, WITH THE POX”, BY MINOG HERZOG (1913)

The style is oh so familiar.

Minog Herzog, Forgotten Expressionist Painter

Fanzilet-at-the-Mirror-by-Minog-Herzog “Fanzilet in the mirror, with the pox”, by Minog Herzog (1913) 60 x 112 cm. [Photo by Leonid Grekov] The least known, and some say the greatest of the Expressionists is Minog Herzog!

Scantly anything has been written about him in English, and there’s nothing online. Accused of crimes including indecency, incest, heresy, theft, and asault, Herzog died a gruesome death meted out by his peers, thus ending a long bout with poverty, mental instability, scandal, imprisonment, and ignominy.

Self-Portrait-copy Self Portrait 1910, by Minog Herzog.

I discovered Minog Herzog several years ago in a decades-old, obscure and obsolete Russian art magazine. “Fanzilet in the Mirror with the Pox” appeared in the margins of an article on Expressionism, and I have been haunted by it ever since. I decided to do my dissertation in art history on Minog, and through dogged determination and rigorous search managed to learn a good deal about him and gain access to more than a…

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