Maurizio A. C. Quarello (possibly relative of W. A. Tercolor) is a very talented, imaginative and prolific Italian book illustrator. In the past five years, this young artist has illustrated 25 remarkable titles for children, winning many prizes in Italy and abroad. Taccuino di un animalista was first published in 2008 by the Spanish OQO Editora. In a similar vein to
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Manuel Orazi, L'Hippodrome, 1905
I am dedicating a series of posts to vintage poster artists, since I enjoy their work and
am also very fascinated by the various use and abuse of animal testimonials in advertising.
This first installment features the crème de la crème of Italian commercial artists from 1990
to the early 1930s, from the opulent Art Nouveau elegance of Manuel Orazi to the dynamic
marketing genius of Leonetto Cappiello (both of whom actually mostly lived and worked in Paris).
I can't help but notice how, with time, our apparently well domesticated creatures quickly picked up
human habits. After a civilized start, where they experimented with dressing up and oral hygiene,
quite predictably they moved on to copying our favorite misbehaviours and addictions, and ended up
as a pretty deranged assortment of boozing, smoking and womanizing beasts.
I wonder what hard lessons they learned from this experience!
Luigi Caldanzano, Cuisinières, 1907
Luigi Caldanzano, Acquavite Mastino
Anon., Motori Clerici, 1910
Aleardo Terzi, Colorificio Italiano, 1921
Leonetto Cappiello, Le Nil, 1912
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So I placed the apple pie in a basket, put on my red riding hood
and went to visit grandma's little cottage in the forest...
Illustration by Mohieddine el-Labbad from The Wise Tortoise,
thanks to my hair has turned grey's flickr stream
Suzuky Tiaki, thanks to Milk Tooth
Yevgeny, bookends for Mochnatye rebjata (The hairy kids), 1929
Red fox, illustration by Sebastiano from our book In the Forest
Bahman Dadkhah, illus. for Poems for Children (Iran 1972), thanks to A journey round my skull
...and I had the most wonderful time,
with a little help from my friends