Month: May 2014

Rubino in Black and White

22 illustrations by Antonio Rubino, ca. 1910–1914

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Tesoro Dorato (Golden Treasure) by H. C. Andersen (1911)

The first eight images in this post come from the database Indire: three from Tesoro dorato ed altri racconti, five from Pippo Sizza Aviatore.
Most of the remaining scans come from the wonderful book Antonio Rubino: I libri illustrati by Santo Alligo.
See all 50 Watts posts on the Italian illustrator Antonio Rubino (1880–1964).

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Tesoro Dorato by H. C. Andersen (1911)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Tesoro Dorato by H. C. Andersen (1911)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Pippo Sizza Aviatore by Giuseppe Fanciulli (1910)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Pippo Sizza Aviatore by Giuseppe Fanciulli (1910)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Pippo Sizza Aviatore by Giuseppe Fanciulli (1910)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Pippo Sizza Aviatore by Giuseppe Fanciulli (1910)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Pippo Sizza Aviatore by Giuseppe Fanciulli (1910)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Corriere dei Piccoli magazine (1912)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Madeo by Dante Dini (1912)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for I balocchi di Titina (1912)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for I balocchi di Titina (1912)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for I tre talismani by Guido Gozzano (1914)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for I tre talismani by Guido Gozzano (1914)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Novelle by H. C. Andersen (1910)

Antonio Rubino, illus. for Novelle by H. C. Andersen (1910)

Antonio Rubino, 1911

from Estasi, incubi e allucinazioni 1900-1920 via the now dormant blog
livres-en-liberte.blogspot.com

from Estasi, incubi e allucinazioni 1900-1920 via the now dormant blog
livres-en-liberte.blogspot.com

Antonio Rubino, self-portrait, “Scherzo per violino,” 1911

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This post first appeared on May 28, 2014 on 50 Watts

Alexander Alexeieff

Illustrations by Alexander Alexeieff for Tolstoy’s ‘Stories and Legends’ (Pantheon, c. 1946)frontispiece From wikipedia:Alexandre Alexeieff (1901–1982) was a Russian-born artist, filmmaker and illustrator who lived and worked mainly in Paris. He and his second wife Claire Parker are credited with inventing the pinscreen as well as the animation technique totalization. In all Alexeieff produced 6 films on the pinscreen, 41 advertising films and illustrated 41 books. [cont. reading] See all Alexeieff posts on 50 Wattsillus. for “Master and Man”illus. for “Master and Man”illus. for “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”illus. for “The Godson”illus. for “What Men Live By”illus. for “Where Love Is, God Is”illus. for “Two Old Men”illus. for “The Godson” See all Alexeieff posts on 50 Watts This post first appeared on May 27, 2014 on 50 Watts

vintage book covers from Portugal

Origins of the Portuguese Paper Fetish 3

From the collection of Jorge Silva.

ca. 1960s, design by João da Câmara Leme

This third installment of Portuguese book covers pulls from livingdeadcovers, a website featuring 366 vintage covers from the collection of Jorge Silva. Jorge also blogs at Almanak Silva.
Previously: onetwo.

1944, design by Roberto Santos

1946, designer unknown

1924, design by B. Correia

1957, design by Victor Palla

1959, design by Sebastião Rodrigues, photograph by Sena da Silva

1932, design by Fred Kradolfer

1930, design by Bernardo Marques

1933, design by ARS (Adalberto Sampaio)

1942, design by Júlio Amorim

1942, design by António Domingues

1961, design by João da Câmara Leme

1960s, design by João da Câmara Leme,
via Ressabiator

1961, design by João da Câmara Leme

1958, design by Victor Palla

1960, design by Paulo Guilherme

1963, design by Sebastião Rodrigues

1942, design by ETP

1924, design by Bernardo Marques

1935, design by Roberto Nobre

1924, designer unknown

1945, design by Victor Palla

1945, design by Victor Palla

1958, design by Paulo Guilherme

1963, design by Infante do Carmo

1969, design by Lima de Freitas

1970, design by José Brandão and Keith Trickett

1971, design by Soares Rocha

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This post first appeared on May 22, 2014 on 50 Watts

Květa Pacovská for ‘Karlička a bílý koník’

Květa Pacovská 1968

Illustrations by Branka Jurcová (Brno, 1968)

 

I haven’t featured Květa Pacovská in four years though I’ve been steadily amassing her books. Here’s a fun one from 1968. See all posts of her illustrations here.

Květa Pacovská was born in 1928 in Prague, where she still lives and works. She began her career as an illustrator in the fifties, specializing in object books, three-dimensional tactile works and illustrations of children’s stories. A sense of playfulness is an essential characteristic of her work. Her works include bizarre collages, mirrors and superimpositions of different kinds of paper, cut-outs capable of generating ever new characters and stories, as in the miniature theatre of Midnight Play. Her illustrations are immediately recognizable for the use of bold, saturated colors without nuances, a dense style and almost childlike use of lines. Her passion for geometric and abstract shapes is often based on the use of linguistic signs, as in Alphabet in which letters and numbers merge with her creatures. One of her latest works is Unfold/Enfold, an elegant fold-out object book that features unexpected pop-up pages and explosions of colour. [Bologna Book Fair bio]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please visit the archives for Czech books illustrated by Hoffmeister, Pacovska, Serych, Stepan, Bednarova, and friends.

This post first appeared on May 20, 2014 on 50 Watts

Janusz Stanny (Poland, 1954–1963)

25 Book Covers

Janusz Stanny’s book designs for the publishing house Wydawnictwo Iskry

1961

 

Janusz Stanny (born 1932) died in February of this year. He was one of the titans of Polish illustration and design, serving as director of The Studio of Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw for twenty-five years, beginning in 1971. He designed and illustrated countless books.

 

The scans here come from publisher Iskry’s Pinterest page. I plan to do some posts of their covers, sorted by designer or decade.

 

It’s been three years since the Polish book cover contest (you can see more covers by Stanny at that link), and I’m glad to return to this material after the long break. The contest’s judges have had some real successes: Peter Mendelsund has two books coming out in August (Cover and What We See When We Read) and Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński have had a worldwide hit book with their stunning children’s book Maps.


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c. late 50s/early 60s
Three Men in a Boat

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1960, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

This one is via Garaż ilustracji książkowych. Go there to see the whole book.

Previously:

This post first appeared on May 8, 2014 on 50 Watts

portfolio of lithographs by Carlos Mérida (1940)

From “Carnival in Mexico,” by Carlos Mérida (1940)


Previous posts on this artist: Dances of Mexico, The Hungry Moon, and The Bird.

 

Bio from wikipedia:

Carlos Mérida (1891 – 1984) was a Guatemalan artist who was one of the first to fuse European modern painting to Latin American themes, especially those related to Guatemala and Mexico. He was part of the Mexican muralism movement in subject matter but less so in style, favoring a non-figurative and later geometric style rather than a figurative, narrative style. Mérida is best known for canvas and mural work, the latter including elements such as glass and ceramic mosaic on major constructions in the 1950s and 1960s. [cont. reading]

Scans via Mexico Ilustrado 1920-1950 and Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920-1950.


This post first appeared on May 6, 2014 on 50 Watts