ALASTAIR: Drawings and Illustrations
BARON HANS HENNING VOIGT Book Number: 75051 Product format: Paperback
Art historians, bibliophiles, collectors and students of drawing and book illustration will treasure this affordable retrospective of hard-to-find works. It showcases the striking, mainly b/w chefs d’oeuvres of a leader of the Decadent Movement, Baron Hans Henning Voigt (1887-1969). Better known under his pseudonym of Alastair, the artist created works that are frequently compared to those of Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Clarke and Edward Gorey. His highly ornate and distinctively ominous style blossomed with a series of erotic illustrations for the publisher and literary renegade Harry Crosby. For the artist’s skilful, sensual tone to be fully appreciated, this particular compilation invites a close examination of its swirling lines and intricate details. The shadowy, sinuous images include characters from Salome and L’Anniversaire de L’Infante by Oscar Wilde, Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe and Manon Lescaut by L’Abbé Prévost, as well as scenes from La Tosca and The Magic Flute. An informative introduction by a historian of illustrated books offers background on Alastair and his unique place in 20th century art and illustration. Circa 152 pages in b/w with splashes of vivid colour.
Published price: £18.99
Bibliophile price: £7.00
Drawing (Visual Art Form), Decadent Movement, Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Clarke, Edward Gorey, art books, book reviews, annie quigley, bibliophile books