A/A illustrator Marco Wagner was one of four artists invited to reinterpret the traditional card game of Jass for a new deck issued by Landjäger magazine. So, what happens when you commission contemporary artists to reimagine a beloved game? The results are irreverently entertaining. 36 cards in four suits—Laub (leaves), Schellen (bells), Eicheln (acorns), and Herzen (hearts)—were transformed into scenes of a jungle safari, the circus, rural Bavaria, and a menagerie of plant and animal life.
For his part, Marco imaginatively illustrated the acorns suit. Each playing card may be only 10-cm tall, but in Marco’s hands it contains an entire narrative world. With images drawn from his homeland series, Marco adorns a mixture of Bavarian portraits and a landscape scene with oak leaves and acorns—every one finished in his signature layered and effaced style. Marco’s choice to focus on rural life was particularly fitting since Jass is popular throughout southern Germany, German-speaking Switzerland, and the South Tyrol. But a good card game knows no geographic boundaries and fortunately you can grab your own copy of the card deck from the Landjäger website.
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