Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin
 

 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Antipodean Fantasy on BibliOdyssey

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:47 pm

Antipodean Fantasy on BibliOdyssey, Margaret Clark,  Ethel Jackson Morris, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, May Gibbs
The Golden Age of Illustration, roughly from the last quarter of the 19th Century to the early decades of the 20th, is most often associated with artists from the U.S. and Europe; but terrific illustrators were also working on the other side of the Earth, in Australia and New Zealand.

BibliOdyssey, that ever fascinating and vastly deep cornucopia of visual wonders and curiosities, has an article highlighting some of them, Antipodean Fantasy: Random Australiana (“antipodean” referring to the position of Australia and New Zealand as roughly opposite the British Isles on the globe).

Be sure to click on the images in the post, as BibliOdyssey author peacay has kindly provided us with nice large versions of the images on his Flickr pages.

If you haven’t visited BibliOdyssey, take some time to look around, and be prepared for a major time-sink. For general description, see my previous posts on BibliOdyssey and BibliOdyssey (the book).

You can also get lost on peacay’s Flickr pages, but the blog itself is much more conducive to browsing and discovery (try some of the image links in the lower right column, under the list of Resource Sites).

(Images above: Margaret Clark, Ethel Jackson Morris, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, May Gibbs)

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  1. Comment by Phillip
    Saturday, October 9, 2010 @ 1:54 am

    Really enjoyed this.

  2. Comment by Dave Dubé
    Saturday, October 9, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Have followed BibliOdyssey for quite awhile now and you’re right – only instead of time-sink, I’d call it a visual black hole. There are only so many viewing hours in a day…

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