Sunday, February 7, 2010

Some Images That Have Recently Inspired This Writer


Anonymous said...

Great images!
In fact, I immediately recognized C.G. Jung's drawings and calligraphy from his "Liber Novus", "The Red Book." This is a compilation of his black books. I recently got The Red Book as a gift and have barely made a dent in reading through it, but I am intrigued. It's about fantasies he transcribed with calligraphy and painted images.

The Translator says,
"He portrayed his realization of self,... Liber Novus thus presents a series of active imaginations together with Jung's attempt to understand their significance. This work of understanding encompasses a number of interlinked threads: an attempt to understand himself and to integrate and develop the various components of his personality: an attempt to understand the structure of human personality in general; an attempt to understand the relation of the individual to present-day society..."
-page 207

irbyz said...

Doré on good form with his work that time (and a personal favorite, too). Dead German artists - as Abyss used to credit 'em - tended rather better, on average, to capture the fantastic in their engravings, IMHO. :)

Now that the stripling sees her here, and knows
Alone she freed him from the wizard's nest,
He deems, his bosom with such joy overflows,
That he is singly fortunate and blest.
Thither, where late the damsel conquered, goes
The band, descending from the mountain's crest;
And finds the hippogryph, who bore the shield,
But in its case of crimson silk concealed.

To take him by the rein the lady there
Approached, and he stood fast till she was nigh,
Then spread his pinions to the liquid air,
And at short distance lit, half-mountain high:
And, as she follows him with fruitless care,
Not longer flight nor shorter will he try.
'Tis thus the raven, on some sandy beach,
Lures on the dog, and flits beyond his reach.

Timeshadows said...

Beautiful Doré. :D

Anonymous said...

Yes, that is insane cross hatching.

Lord of the Green Dragons said...

@L: Right On Journalizer; and now that I know you own a copy, I'll wait to borrow it some day rather than shelling out 150-200 dollars. ;) Fantasies. Perhaps. He was challenging his descent into the unconscious mind and could hardly distinguish whether he was mad or not, but continued going, and this as a result. At least he didn't go back to his "student" Freud for treatment... ;)

@Dahvyd: Open thy "Dore". His art for Orlando Furioso was always considered his best considering the range of beasts, characters and settings that Ariostos's epic covered (618 illustrations alone for this one work!). Dover's "Dores' Illustrations for Arisosto's "Orlando Furioso" contains 208 of them, and I do not get tired going back to it again and again. My favorite of the German artists of the time as well. Nice selection, David.

Hi TS!

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