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-IV"

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.

 The Daulton Collection

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:

Jugend, 1897, No. 10, all four sheets illustrated.

Tänze von Fidus (Minden i. W.: J.C.C. Bruns Hof Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1902), ills. (Polka II and Polka IV).

Festzeitung für das 12. Deutsche Turnfest, Leipzig 1913 [Festival Newspaper for the 12th German Gymnastics Festival, Leipzig 1913], Nr. 3 (Leipzig: Verlag Paul Eberhardt, 1913), ills. at pg. 60 (Polka II) and pg. 61 (Polka III).

"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).





The Daulton Collection