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Tuesday

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)


I was stopped cold when i stumbled upon the artwork of this man, Arthur Rackham. I'm a fan of illustrators, evidenced by my interest in graphic novels and the Gorey prints on my arm and walls. Though i'd never seen Mr. Rackham's work before, after looking through a collection of his illustrations; specifically on the piece above, i realized why i felt it familiar; Guillermo Del Toro sited Rackham's work as his artistic inspiration for Pan's Labyrinth.

Rackham's style was wildly fantastic, and classically restrained in the same breath, and his use of (and illustrations for) classic Victorian children's tales as subjects only increases their otherworldly queeziness for me. I can't help but stare at the detail in each plate, the softness of the faces, the subtle and muted tones. Beautiful stuff.

3 comments:

josh said...

This picture is completely breathtaking. His splashes of red are so effective, as is the lack of any straight lines.

Jenn said...

oh, that is so beautiful babe. the image takes your breath for a moment and holds it steady while you pour over the pictures detail. very unusual. i really love it. i like his three bears very much too and one day, oh one day, will have the lady's hair in Waltraute Confronts.

Casey said...

He needs to do the cover of my new album. Oh wait — he's dead.

Can I steal these?