Eye Candy for Today: Mucha’s Autumn

Autumn, Alphonse Mucha, poster art
Autumn, Alphonse Mucha, poster art

Autumn, Alphonse Mucha; color lithograph, roughly 40 x 21 inches (103 x 54cm)

Image sourced from here; direct link here; info here.

This is one of the panels from Mucha’s first and perhaps most successful series of decorative panels, The Seasons, which he created in 1896. This and Summer are my favorites from the series.

I love the way he has counterbalanced the complementary reds and blue-greens throughout the composition, and set them off with muted versions in the background.


Eye Candy for today: Maximilian Liebenwein illustration

Maximilian Liebenwein illustration
Maximilian Liebenwein illustration, details

Walk of Mary across the mountains, Maximilian Liebenwein.

Maximilian Liebenwein was an Austrian/German illustrator active during the “Golden Age” of illustration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I’m unsure what the medium is here, but it looks like watercolor and gouache to me.

I sourced the image from here, larger version here.

For more, see my previous post on Maximilian Liebenwein.


Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban

illustration by Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban
illustrations by Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban

Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban were Austrian born illustrators and stage scene designers who collaborated as well as working independently. In addition, Lefler was a painter and Urban an architect, and they were brothers-in-law.

They were active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I have not idea how to sort out who did what and which illustrations are collaborative, as they are usually shown and listed together.

Their illustrations often incorporated Art Nouveau influenced patterns, both within and surrounding the images.


Li Yong Hong

Li Yong Hong
Li Yong Hong

Chinese illustrator Li Yong Hong works in scratchboard, a medium that is almost the inverse of pen and ink.

Instead of drawing in ink directly on a white surface, scratchboard is done on a white board that is coated with clay and then coated with a layer of black ink. The black surface is scratched away with needle-like styli, creating white lines by revealing the clay beneath.

The only presence I’ve found on the web for Li Yong Hong’s work is his portfolio on IllustrationX.


Eye Candy for Today: Dean Cornwell untitled illustration

Dean Cornwell untitled illustration
Dean Cornwell untitled illustration (details)

This painting by the fantastic American Illustrator Dean Cornwell is in the collection of the South Dakota Art Museum. The museum doesn’t have a title or source reference for where the painting was used as an illustration (if it was published), but the painting is wonderful nonetheless.

I haven’t see the original, but I’ve taken the liberty here of brightening the image slightly, just on intuition.

I love the visual drama Cornwell has achieved with such a limited and low chroma palette. The painting is full of interesting textures and muted contrasts.

Look at the depth he has created in the successive planes of the foreground figures, the muted color and texture of he stone wall, and the even lower contrast but brighter background of the picket fence and gate.

Notice also, the strength with which the hands of all three people have been drawn and rendered.

Cornwell was a student of Harvey Dunn, who was in turn a student of the great American painter and illustrator Howard Pyle.