Showing posts with label illustrations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label illustrations. Show all posts

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Louis Marcoussis...illustrations for Guillaume Apollinaire's Alcohol... 1913

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The Betrothal, etching, plate 29 from Alcools1934

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“And the solitary cord of sea lutes.”
Singer, plate eight from Alcools1934

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Moonlight, plate 30 from Alcools1934

Mellifluent moon on the lips of the maddened
The orchards and towns are greedy tonight
The stars appear like the image of bees
Of this luminous honey that offends the vines
For now all sweet in their fall from the sky
Each ray of moonlight’s a ray of honey
Now hid I conceive the sweetest adventure
I fear stings of fire from this Polar bee
that sets these deceptive rays in my hands
And takes its moon-honey to the rose of the winds

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Lul of Faltenin, plate eighteen from Alcools1934

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Rosemonde, plate 21 from Alcools1934

I named her Rosemonde
Lest I forget
Mouth flowered in Holland
Then slowly I took my way
Seeking the rose of the world

May Den Engelsen... illustrations...Charles Baudelaire's Condemned Poems... 1927

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Mother of Latin games and Greek delights,
Lesbos, where kisses, languishing or joyous,
Burning as the sun's light, cool as melons,
Adorn the nights and the glorious days;
Mother of Latin games and Greek delights,

Lesbos, where the kisses are like cascades 
That throw themselves boldly into bottomless chasms 
And flow, sobbing and gurgling intermittently, 
Stormy and secret, teeming and profound; 
Lesbos, where the kisses are like cascades!

Lesbos, where courtesans feel drawn toward each other,
Where for every sigh there is an answering sigh,
The stars admire you as much as Paphos,
And Venus may rightly be jealous of Sappho!
Lesbos, where courtesans feel drawn toward each other,

Lesbos, land of hot and languorous nights,
That make the hollow-eyed girls, amorous
Of their own bodies, caress before their mirrors
The ripe fruits of their nubility, O sterile pleasure!
    Lesbos, land of hot and languorous nights...

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Illustrations from Condemned Poems illustrated by May Den Engelsen, published 1927

Friday, October 18, 2013

Diego Rivera... The Popol Vuh... illustrations 1930-33

In 1930, while in San Francisco, Mexican artist Diego Rivera began a series of illustration for 
a translation of the Popol Vuh by North American writer John Weatherwax. Both men shared
 a fascination with the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica. The Popol Vuh, or council book, 
recounts the ideas and traditions, origins and dynastic chronology up to the year 1550 of 
the ancient Quiché Maya inhabitants of the highlands of present-day Guatemala.
Beginning as oral tradition, the Popol Vuh was set down in hieroglyphic form, then into what 
Popol Vuh scholar Dennis Tedlock has called an “alphabetic substitute,” before being 
transcribed and translated into Spanish by the Dominican friar Francisco Ximénez in the eighteenth century.

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The Creation
Illustration for Popol Vuh, 1930–1933.
Watercolor and gouache on paper. 48 × 64 cm. (19 × 25¼ in.)

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The Trials of Hero Twins 
Illustration for Popol Vuh, 1930–1933.
Watercolor and gouache on paper. 
31 × 48 cm. (12¼ × 18¾ in.)

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Human Sacrifice Before Tohil 
Illustration for Popol Vuh, 1930–1933.
Gouache on paper. 
31 × 48 cm. (12¼ × 18¾ in.)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Myths of Hindus and Buddhists...illustrations... 1913

Book illustration from ''Myths of Hindus and Buddhists'' by Ananda K Coomearaswamy and Sister Nivedita, 1913

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Garuda by Nandalal Bose

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Dhruva by Asit Kumar Haldar
Dhruva, a young devotee of Vishnu, was blessed with eternal existence and glory as the Pole Star.

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Pururavas by Khitindra Nath Mazumdar
Pururavas was the first king of the Aila dynasty and a mythological entity associated with the sun and the dawn. 

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The asceticism of Uma by Nandalal Bose

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Kaliya Damana by Khitindra Nath Mazumdar

more HERE

Friday, May 17, 2013

Book cover... illustrations by Genesis P-Orridge for Terence Sellers ... The Correct Sadist... 1983/1990

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''All the so-called terrors of solitude console me. The resonant silence of the evening's end, as the stars come into their own is a pleasure I cannot share with anyone - though some do seem sensitive enough. I often awake alone, with the echo of an uncertain sound from the house below fading in my ears . . . I leap from the bed directly and rush to meet the intruders. Perhaps once a week I have such an adventure. But no one is ever there." TS

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Doctor Johannes Faust ... books...Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis... 1849

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the classic Magia naturalis et innaturalis was known to Johann W. von Goethe, who, like Gotthold Lessing, saw Faust's pursuit of knowledge as noble; in Goethe's great Faust the hero is redeemed.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Frans de Geetere & Arthur Rimbaud... The Stupra... 1925

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Frans de Geetere ~ illustration for The Stupra 1925

The ancient beasts...

The ancient beasts bred even on the run,
Theirs glans encrusted with blood and excrement. 
Our forfathers displayed theirs members proudly
By the fold of the sheath and the grain of the scrotum.

In the middle ages, for a female, angel or sow,
A fellow whose gear was substantial was needed;
Even a Kléber, judging by his breeches which exagerate
Perhaps a little, can't have lacked resources.

Besides, man is equal to the proudest mammal;
We are wrong to be surprised at the hugeness of their members;
But a sterile hour has struck: the gelding

And the ox have bridled their ardours, and no one
Will dare again to raise his genital pride
In the copses teeming with comical children.

Arthur Rimbaud ~ The Stupra 1925

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Alfred Kubin...illustration...1926


"When I ventured back into the world of the living, I discovered that my god only held half-sway. In everything, both great and small, he had to share with an adversary who wanted life. The forces of repulsion and attraction, the twin poles of the earth with their currents, the alternation of the seasons, day and night, black and white - these are battles."

from The Other Side by Alfred Kubin