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Originally printed in 1935 in a limited edition of 250, this new edition features 14 plates--reproduced from the original lithographic reproductions--of the fourteen stations of the cross. Brangwyn, 1867-1956, had an excellent eye for the divinity of the working man and the hardiness of humanity. This superbly produced portfolio, complete with a gorgeous hardcover box in maroon imitation leather, features all 14 large scale full page artworks printed by letterpress on custom 80lb stock.
The portfolio-box is blind-embossed and opens up with four complete flaps, to reveal a thick collection of plates AND commentary by Dr. Libby Horner. Dr. Horner discusses Brangwyn's incredible career and how these could NOT have been done early in his working years. Also reproduced as plates over four pages, in letterpress. This is a product of his deep and long experience as one of the most successful artists in England--his disillusionment with the world War he'd recently gone through--and his own deep religious beliefs.
He brings to life the stations of the cross, normally only seen in Catholic churches, often in sculpted works or a series of pictures. Here he humanizes Jesus and all the people around him, as he carries the cross on his long journey to his final death.
You don't have to be religious to enjoy this, but that is probably the reason that has prevented this from being a sellout. I maintain that it is the most beautiful production that publisher Manual Auad has ever done. I'm a long time fan of Brangwyn's art, but I'm first to admit he is either unknown or forgotten by a great many today. Strangely enough, Manual was instrumental in helping artist Alfredo Alcala to find a career in American comic books (he was born and first worked in the Philipines). And Alcala practically worshipped Brangwyn's artwork, spending every spare dollar to get all his original books.
I'm not religious myself, but to me it doesn't matter. This is fine art, powerful, captivating. Brangwyn was incredibly popular in his day, and for good reason. You can see it here, and you can also see how he was a STRONG influence on subsequent artists, the most evident being the master Dean Cornwell himself.
Auad Publishing has done fine books on Alex Toth and Franklin Booth, Al Parker and Albert Dorne..but this is by far their most ambitious and exquisitely-produced project. And at this price, it is really, really a steal. The final page gives the complete printing and binding particulars and is hand-numbered from 750.
- Additional Information
Item Code FRBR Publisher Auad Publish Date 2009 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 11x14 # Pages 20pg Color b&w
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