He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
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- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Gustav Tenggren in Illustration 21

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:10 am

Gustav Tenggren
I wrote about Gustav Tenngren back in June. Like his countryman John Bauer, Tenggren was a wonderful and underappreciated Swedish illustrator who worked in the dark Art-Nouveau inspired style more commonly associated with Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Kay Neilsen.

If your only exposure to Tenggren is his later style, as exemplified by his work on The Poky Little Puppy and similar books, you may find his earlier style quite surprising. Personally, I’m much more enthusiastic about his early style, with its dark mysteries, haunted forests, intense characters, beautiful linework and wonderfully subtle color.

The new issue (#21) of Illustration magazine focuses on a feature article about Tenggren, and covers both phases of his career, though the emphasis is on the fascinating early work. Illustration has done their usual remarkable job of finding superb examples of the artist’s work, often pieces that are difficult to find elsewhere, and printing them beautifully.

I’ve also written about Illustration magazine before (also here), and I now get to tell you “I told you so”, and you should have subscribed when I mentioned it because the price has gone up from the absurdly low $10 per issue to $15, still inexpensive for great classic illustrations printed this well.

This issue also includes articles about the Al Parker exhibit that was recently at the Norman Rockwell Museum, and Barbara Bradley of the Cooper Studio.

You can view thumbnails of the entire issue on the Illustration site, and you can still also preview thumbnails for the previous issue and its extended article on Andrew Loomis.

For more information and links related to Gustav Tenggren, see my previous post.

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  1. Comment by Chantal Bennett
    Sunday, January 27, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    Judging from the thumbnails, his work looks amazing. I’m going to have to pick up that issue of Illustration magazine. Thanks for posting this; I’ve always been a huge fan of the dark-Art Nouveau illustrators.

  2. Comment by Tony
    Sunday, January 27, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

    Fantastic and whimsical. He reminds me of Arthur Rackham.

    Thanks by the way for the post back in December about Illustration magazine’s profile about Loomis. I bought it and thought it was an excellent article on the man and his work.

    I love the advertising work of those guys. Just fantastic work.

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Sunday, January 27, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the comments. I’m really glad to see more attention beiing paid to these great illustrators. I think they derseve a much wider modern audience.

    Tony – Glad my post about the Loomis article proved useful.

  4. Comment by Rebecca
    Monday, January 28, 2008 @ 10:32 am

    Lovely illustrations! Interesting to see what I am guessing is watercolour used in this way.

  5. Comment by fourmi
    Thursday, January 31, 2008 @ 8:46 am

    Nice discovery for me, of course it reminds Rackham and Dulac but also this fabulous illustrator: Lisbeth Zwerger…
    Again, thanks for this blog!

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