„Die Verwöhnte“ [“the spoiled girl“] watercolour by Ferdinand Staeger, design for a cartoon in the Meggendorfer Blätter nr. 927 from 1908. Signed „F. STAEGER“ in the lower right. Size: 37 x 15,7 cm.
In the magazine the cartoon has a text that goes with it:
„Du bist so schön. Es fehlt Dir nicht an Freiern,
Fehlt nicht an Leuten, die tagaus, tagein,
Sich unermüdlich Deine Dienste Weihn,
Und dithyrambisch Deine Reize feiern.“
You have ample people who day in, day out,
Are tirelessly at your service,
And celebrate your charms passionately”]
The “Meggendorfer Blätter – Zeitschrift für Humor und Kunst” [Magazine for humor and art], published in Munich between 1888 and 1944, was a magazine founded by the artist Lothar Meggendorf and was all about satire of a high artistic quality. The magazine was full of illustrated jokes, short stories, poems, caricatures and cartoons created by a large number of well-known and lesser-known artists. In contrast to a magazine like Simplicissimus, which appeared in the same period, the humor of the Meggendorfer Blätter was less politically engaged and is therefore still understandable and witty today.