"The Berlin Secession revue Pan was given a striking visual identity
by the cover Sattler designed for it
Art Nouveau's writhing lines
were often used to delineate perverse beauty, and 'Le Livre de l'Affiche'
(p.102) describes this image as characteristic of Secessionist 'vitality,
spontaneity and a certain taste for provocation" (Rennert,
"This is an example of the Art Nouveau branch known as symbolism.
It depicts the Greek figure Pan looking over the horizon. In the
middle-ground are the traditional work tools: rake, shovel and hoe.
In the foreground is a papery flower with the word 'Pan' and the
year '1895' formed by the stamen. The image of Pan's face is on
each petal of the flower. Pan, a mischievous character is juxtaposed
with the hard working tool images. The flower shows the birth of
science that was occurring at the time. New ideas about rationality,
mathematics and evolution were all evolving at this time. However,
the overlooking Pan image symbolizes the problems that may arise
out of these new discoveries"