Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Edward Gorey's fabulous cover art for "The Wanderer"

This one, alas, is not from my personal library or art-covered walls. But it's too great not to share. It's Edward Gorey's cover illustration for the Doubleday Anchor edition of The Wanderer (original French title Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier.

The image is part of a recent article by Huffington Post's Claire Fallon — "Edward Gorey's Forgotten Book Cover Art Will Make You Happy And Afraid." You should check it out to see all the wonderful covers.

A much wider variety of covers are collected in Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design, which was published this year and features an introductory essay by Steven Heller.

Fallon writes on HuffPost:
"Heller notes the clear influence of 19th century cartoons and classical drawing in Gorey’s cover art — the jaunty, loose-limbed figures and pen-and-ink detailing — but his use of space typically lends the antiquated style a different aura. A small figure, dwarfed by a barren landscape in a few, flat colors, signals an ominous isolation that is pure Gorey."
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Randomly, here are a few other great links I've come across this week:

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