(8/12/01 8:37:37 pm)
| Warwick Goble
Heidi, this post is for you especially.
To any who are interested, I'm in the middle of a large-ish scanning project. I ordered (via the fantastic magic of interlibrary loan) several different books that include the work of Warwick Goble, a wonderful (in my opinion) watercolorist. The only information I've ever found about him is on the following pages:
As I said, I am scanning many of the images for my own enjoyment. If Heidi or anyone else would like them, I would be more than happy to share the wealth, since it would only mean greater exposure for the artist. Otherwise, the files will simply become part of my wallpaper collection, as I haven't the time or energy to put into a webpage. I'd also be more than willing to share the citations for the books, as I've quite enjoyed them.
(8/13/01 6:26:13 pm)
| Re: Warwick Goble and illustration|
I love interlibrary loan, too. I am amazed that I am not using it more now that I am a librarian.
Before you start scanning, you might want to make sure none of the images are the same as on my fairy tale illustrators site for Warwick Goble:
I have many of the fairy tale illustrations there, too. I have larger versions available, too. I do not have any of the oriental tale illustrations scanned though. They are some of Goble's best work and I will consider making an area on my site for them if you would like.
Thanks for the reminder about my Pentamerone site, too. The only really good thing about it right now is the Goble illustrations. I started building it before I moved last summer and somehow never got back to it.
Speaking of classic illustrators, I just got an upcoming publications catalog and a new collection of Grimms Fairy Tales with Arthur Rackham's illustrations is coming this fall from SeaStar (North South) Books. It's cloth with 22 stories, 160 pages, and color and b&w illustrations. Retail is $19.95. I will be putting it up on the front page of SurLaLune soon. Rackham has been widely out of print. Perhaps more classic illustrators will soon be resurrected in print.
(8/15/01 7:55:46 am)
| Other Fairy tale illustraters...|
Arthur Rackham is definitely at the top of my list. I've never grown tired of his work (unlike some early favorites: Maxfield Parrish etc.) and always seem to learn something from his art each time I return to his work.
I especially delight in artists who's work proceeds the all pervasive influence of growing up with Disney and consequently their having to work their way through those influences to arrive at an original vision.
Are you aware of two of my current favorites at this time: John Bauer (Swedish, early 1900's) and Hermann Vogel (German, late 1800's)?
There are several modern art books on Bauer. His clean stylized line and watercolor work dealing with deep woods, fairy princesses and trolls are wonderfuly evocative and a definite influence on early Brian Froud art.
I have a German edition of Grimms from the late 1800's that is choked full of intricate b/w illustrations (from full page to small vignettes) as well as beautiful chromo lithographed color pieces. Just wonderful!
And of course there's hundreds more to pick from...
(8/15/01 8:50:31 am)
I am not familiar with John Bauer. I am aware of Vogel, however, and have tried to get my hands on more of his work. Now I will add Bauer to the search.
Rackham, Dulac, and Nielsen are perhaps my favorites from the "classical" period although I like them all. I remember reading that Orson Scott Card also likes Rackham and named one of the important characters in "Ender's Game" for him.
When I was in Nashville at the new Frist Museum a few weeks ago, I saw a copy of D'Aulnoy's Fairy Tales illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren published in 1923 by David McKay & Co. Oh, how I wanted to lift up the case and thumb through the pages! They also had one of the books illustrated by Jesse Willcox Smith. Even more torture...
(8/16/01 6:37:53 am)
| Finding those artists...|
I don't know if you are aware of BUD PLANT'S INCREDIBLE CATALOG (www.budplant.com) but he makes a point of carrying many, many fabulous books from all over the world with a large concentration in the art of the fantastic. You will have to wade through pages of pin-up art and comic collectables to find the "good stuff", but they are there and in abundance, often at a nice discount.
Just about every artists that this board has mention can be found within the pages of his catalog.
For instance here are a few of the items in the new catalog (Summer 2001):
Pg.#28:THE ARTIST JOHN BAUER AND HIS WORLD(ARTJB, SC, 8x9, 72pg, PC) It's a smallish book but loaded with color pictures of his deep woods peopled with trolls, princesses and witches. The text is in Swedish, which is a bit frustrating, but the pictures speak volumes.
Pg.#164: Hermann Vogel: C'ERA DUE VOLTE (CERA02, SC, 8x11, 78pg, sepia). More than 50 illustrations from German language magazines filled to the bursting with forest animals, goblins, trolls and mermaids. Intricate pen and ink work with a touch of humor.
And then there are listings for evry new Pre-Raphaelite art book that pops up as well as Jessie M. King, Klimt, Mucha, Rackham, W.H. Robinson, Carlos Schwabe, Wulfing, Victorian Fairy Painters, THE LAST ROMANTICS (a GREAT book on fairy painters, Pre-Raphs and turn of the last C. book illustraters), THE RED ROSE GIRLS, Zwerger, Spirrin and Craft, etc.
The selection changes with each new catalog. I am always delighted as well as groaning (as I see my bank account draining away) when I see each new one in my mail box.
Good luck and good hunting...
(8/16/01 11:39:26 am)
| Re: Warwick Goble and illustration|
Thanks for the links, Laura. I wasn't familiar with Warwick Goble at all, and really liked the examples shown. That is exquisite work.
(8/16/01 4:41:28 pm)
| Goble update|
Thanks for the reminder, Heidi. The last time I tried to check out that page, many of the image links were non-functional. Happily, that wasn't the case this time, and no, none of the images I have at the moment are repeats.
I have finished scanning _Japanese Fairy Tales_, which is a 1979 facsimile reprint of parts of _Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales_ from 1923. The two remaining books are _The Haunted Flute and Other Japanese Stories_ and a lovely 1920 anthology volume called _The Book of Fairy Poetry_. How would it be best to transfer the files to you?
(8/17/01 10:06:02 pm)
| Bud Plant...|
I have to second the vote for looking up Bud Plant - either on-line or in catalog! There is such a diverse selection of amazing art and artists - from obscure collectors editions to nicely discounted volumes. I spend much too much money there!
I might also mention that Bud himself, is a very nice, and knowledgable guy. I've spoken with him on the phone a few times when I was doing research on some little known illustrators. He has a nice section on his website devoted to said little-known illustrators (have you ever looked it up Heidi? Some of it might be applicable to your Surlalune site). He's commited to promoting art and illustration across a wide range of genres.
If you are an art book addict, beware!! :-)