- Full Description
From the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 through to capturing the coronation of three monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Fortunino Matania recorded almost every major event in British life. He was the "special artist" for the popular illustrated magazine, The Sphere during World War I, producing paintings on a weekly basis, recording in breathtakingly realistic details the multi-faceted nature of the conflict.
He would often visit the front in order to gather material, risking his own life. The breadth and quality of Matania's work takes in scenes of trench life, the war at sea, the heat of battle filled with tanks, horses and infantry, and even the war effort (and bombings) at home. His most famous picture, "Goodbye, Old Man" became one of the most emotive images of the war.
Admired by some of the finest artists of the period, and familiar to millions around the world, today he's almost forgotten. Only recently did Illustrators Quarterly do a special cover feature on his long career. He went on to create superlative magazine and book illustrations, revealing history, mythology, adventure stories, and more. His love of the female body came through in much of this later work, since in England nudity was allowed in magazine illustration. Illustrators Quarterly #3.
Here is not only his WWI work, but a very handsome selection of some of his later work. Over 100 pictures are here in the first-ever compilation of his work.
This is a fairly small book and thus his highly detailed pictures are not reproduced on the scale they deserve. The good news is, the reproduction is superlative.
In association with Mary Evans Picture Library. Published in England.
- Additional Information
Item Code GOBO Publisher History Press Publish Date 2014 ISBN 9780750955973 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x7 # Pages 144pg Color Partial Color