31 December 2016

Harry Clarke

I do love a lot of black in an illustration. The images above by Harry Clarke (1881-1931), for Edgar Allan Poe's 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination', first published in 1919 and reprinted by the Folio Society in 2007, seem to owe something- perhaps rather a lot- to Aubrey Beardsley, morbid and phantasmagorical and mannered as both artists were. Great use of black, though.