Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Nikolai Tyrsa (1887-1942) was a painter, graphic designer and lithographer whose artworks were characterized by dynamism
and simple harmonies of color. He was also a brilliant intellectual, art expert, translator and polemicist.
Tyrsa explored many areas of book illustration and design, and created a new striking and decorative book cover style.
Sadly, he died during World War II.
Cover and illustration from Kozlik (The little goat), 1923
Cover and illustrations for Pro slona (About an elephant), 1926
Illustrations from Snezhnaya kniga (The snow book), 1928
Covers for Cort (The devil), Lesnye domishki (?), Otryad (The troop), 1929-30
Tyrsa's love of horses was related to his Cossak origins. He was the only artist able
to discuss on the same level with Lebedev the minutest details of equine illustration.
Gratitude for the info to the Italian edition of Erast Davidovic Kuznecov's
Children's book illustration and the Russian avant-garde.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I really like the playful simplicity of Spanish graphic designer and illustrator Isidro Ferrer.
I strongly suggest a visit to see his fantastic work on Pablo Neruda's Libro de las preguntas.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Poster for Roubaix book fair by Beatrice Alemagna
I am so fond of Matticchio's literate octopus (or hexapus, as someone rightly noticed)
that I've gathered a bunch of fellow readers, writers and intellectuals to keep him
good company on this lovely Sunday afternoon:
an owl with her typewriter by Raymond Savignac
(thanks to ninobooks' great Olivetti flickr collection),
a promising writer, Denis the deer, presenting his first book
a quiet book-loving dog by Maira Kalman,
Friday, October 23, 2009
Dalang egg noodles, 1952, Suchard Milka chocolate, 1949
return to Switzerland in 1937 he started working as a graphic artist. At first his work
his most productive years, he developed a more humorous and whimsical personal style.
Leupin's cheerful and brightly colored posters had a stunning visual impact, and
the new approach became enormously successful in commercial art. This advertising
a product through visual metaphors, although his images also possess a gentle childlike
appeal lacking in Cappiello's work. Many of the pictures featured in this post come from
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"The universe and mankind both have a uniform order that I express". Kazugama Nagai
For over forty years Kazumasa Nagai has communicated his poetic message
of harmony between man and nature through artworks that are refreshingly diverse
but remain consistently elegant, striking and essential. Nagai (b. 1929), always
an experimenter, has periodically startled the artworld with the dramatic evolutions
of his style, from rational abstractions to realistic illustration to computer art to patterns
to stylized natural forms and more. Japanese graphic master Tadanori Yokoo defined
these changes as "the Momentous Mutations of Kazumasa Nagai". Nagai's works have been
featured in many environmental campaigns, received international awards and are found
in collections including the MoMA and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokio.