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Middle Eastern literature and poetry, including the Arabian Nights and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, have captured the imaginations of European people with mysterious atmosphere and tales of exotic lands. From the 18th to the early 20th century, various European editions of these stories were published that included imaginative illustrations by notable European illustrators such as the aformentioned plus Bakst, Detmold, Barbier, Brunelleschi, Leon Carre, Sterrett, Parrish, Gerda Wegener and others. This is a collection of the art, including Islamic book design, ornaments and costumes.
Often the favorite art by these Golden Age illustrators was exactly the material here, because of its exotic, sometimes erotic, and always fantastic nature. Once again compiler Hiroshi Unno presents a gorgeous collection, from its cover featuring silver inks to the 296th page of wonderful material. Amongst the famous are some amazing pieces by illustrators you may not be as familiar with. For instance, Robert Balfour's wonderful two color pieces, one reproduced here, were his very finest work for his volume Omar. Rene Bull's finest work is also here, having done both the Rubaiyat and The Arabian Nights.
Here is Edmund Dulac at his peak...his early style was actually inspired by both middle eastern and asiatic/Japanese styles, and it is perfectly distilled here. And you'll also find work by John Austin, who combines eroticism with the stylishness of Dulac and the high detail of Franklin Booth--again, from his finest era of work.
This introduces the ancient Islamic manuscripts and art on which the illustrations are based. This gives readers a broad sense of the Islamic culture that has so inspired European artists. The collection offers a unique introduction to the beauty of Islamic art and culture, which was a deep influence on book illustration and arts from the mid-1850s to the end of the Golden Age of Illustration during World War I.
Edmund Dulac was one of the greatest proponents, melding middle-eastern and Asian influences into his fairy tale illustrations for books as European-based as Hans Anderson's Fairy Tales. But he also illustrated editions of Sinbad the Sailor and Princess Badoura, and other tales from the Arabian Nights. This brought to his work an elegance, seductiveness and an exotic feel that would in turn influence later artists. Kay Nielsen was inspired in much the same way, and his earliest work had much in common with Dulac's. And it was his inventive style that resulted in Walt Disney bringing him onboard to work on films like Fantasia.
Although there is more text in Japanese than in English, this does contain both languages and it's the art that dominates, rather than the brief text along the way. But the introduction is translated into English, so enjoy....
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Item Code ATHOU Publisher PIE Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9784756248169 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 7x9 # Pages 296pg Color Full Color
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