Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's Ring

ISBN-10: 0486237796
ISBN-13: 9780486237794
Edition: 2010
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Description: By the time he began this work Rackham (1867-1939) was England’s leading illustrator, famous throughout the world for his fantastic interpretations of fairy tales and myths. This, his masterpiece, is regarded by some as the greatest representation  More...

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 72
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

By the time he began this work Rackham (1867-1939) was England’s leading illustrator, famous throughout the world for his fantastic interpretations of fairy tales and myths. This, his masterpiece, is regarded by some as the greatest representation of Wagner’s drama ever produced. 64 illustrations. 9 vignettes.

Arthur Rackham was born in London, England. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying part-time at the Lambeth School of Art. In 1892 he left his job and started working for The Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book illustrations were published in 1893 in To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes, but his first serious commission was in 1894 for The Dolly Dialogues, the collected sketches of Anthony Hope, who later went on to write The Prisoner of Zenda. Book illustrating then became Rackham's career for the rest of his life. Rackham invented his own unique technique which resembled photographic reproduction; he would first sketch an outline of his drawing, then lightly block in shapes and details. Afterwards he would add lines in pen and India ink, removing the pencil traces after it had dried. With color pictures, he would then apply multiple washes of color until transparent tints were created. Arthur Rackham died in 1939 of cancer in his home in Limpsfield, Surrey.

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