June 13, 2016

Harry Clarke: Strange and Wonderful Art

Harry Clarke, whose illustrations you probably know, was one of the most important artists of the Golden Age of Illustration, which makes him very important, indeed. He is right up with Authur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as a top fairy tale illustrator of the early 20th century.

He was also a criticality acclaimed stained glass artist, and was a major artist in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement.

His art often depicted elongated, mysterious figures with large, eyes and a kind of elegant languor. His black and white illustrations are most famous, but his brilliant use of bold colors is evident in many of his works. Clarke's work was weird, gorgeous and prophetically psychedelic.

Harry Clarke may be most famous for his illustrations for Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but he also did acclaimed work for Perrault's and Andersen's fairy tales. To learn more about him, click here: http://bit.ly/24G4gTY

Below are, in order, a detail of stained glass called "The Meeting of St. Brendan with the Unhappy Judas," "Ligeia," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Cinderella." 






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  1. I have been loving these classic illustrator posts, Kate!!! Please keep them up:)

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    1. They are so much fun to research!

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