Sunday, 3 July 2011

Arthur Rackham

Here is an illustration that has clearly been influenced by the painting 'Hylas and the Nymphs' by Waterhouse.

The suggestion of water is simplistic- there is minimal use of line here that is very effective and looks elegant. Like in Waterhouse's pencil study (see earlier post), the wavy lines of the water link visually to the women's hair; the hair flows seamlessly into the ripples of the water, like they are a part of it.

Stylistically it is very reminiscent of Japanese illustration and ink drawings (before modern manga/anime etc); it brought the work of Katsushika Hokusai to mind.

Katsushika Hokusai’s 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa', circa 1831, Hakone Museum (Japan).

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