World Premiere Exhibition Traces Fantasy Illustration via Five Hundreds of years

STOCKBRIDGE, MA—Norman Rockwell Museum (NRM) reveals the initially exhibition of its sort, Enchanted: A Heritage of Fantasy Illustration. The show involves one hundred+ operates of art made by extra than fifty artists whose function spans in excess of 5 generations, and have under no circumstances in advance of been exhibited collectively.

Numerous a long time in the earning, NRM curator Jesse Kowalski assembled an encompassing selection of do the job to accurately represent the scope and breadth of Fantasy art. Enchanted: A Historical past of Fantasy Illustration explores fantasy archetypes from Historical Mesopotamia to right now. The exhibition will present the immutable concepts existing inside of mythology, fairy tales, and timeless narratives of very good vs . evil and heroes and villains. informed by paintings, etchings, drawings, sculptures, and electronic art produced by imaginative artists from long back to these days. The ageless fascination with Fantasy art in common society can be witnessed in blockbuster films these kinds of as The Lord of the Rings trilogy andtelevision sequence like Video games of Thrones, (and the books which preceded them), and in position-actively playing game titles Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Collecting. Artworks from all of these fantastic worlds will be incorporated in the exhibition, quite a few on see to the public for the to start with time.

Mythology explores the adventures of Apollo and Thor, the huntress Diana, Perseus rescuing Andromeda with the head of Medusa, and the labors of Hercules. Fairy tales depict the worlds of dragons, elves, fairies, and mermaids, and conjure dreams of Small Nemo in Slumberland, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. Heroes and villains comply with the exploits of Arthurian legends, Prince Valiant, Conan the Barbarian, and The Lord of the Rings and haunting pictures of sorcerers and witches, and battles amongst angels and demons depict the battle involving superior and evil. Artists showcased in the exhibition include:
Unknown artists from Ancient Mesopotamia as a result of the Renaissance, in addition to is effective by Albrecht Dürer, Martin Schongauer, and other people.

Pre-Raphaelite artists: Herbert James Draper and Elihu Vedder.

Intercontinental artists of the 19th century: William-Adolphe Bougeureau, Palmer Cox, Richard Doyle, Gustave Doré, Zacharie Charles Landelle, Jules Joseph Lefebvre, and Arthur Rackham.

Artists from the Golden Age of Illustration: Joseph Clement Coll, Dean Cornwell, Rockwell Kent, J.C. Leyendecker, Winsor McCay, Rose O’Neill, Violet Oakley, Maxfield Parrish, Coles Phillips, Howard Pyle, J. Allen St. John, and N.C. Wyeth.

An artwork from Outsider artist Henry Darger.

Pioneers of fantasy illustration: Hannes Bok, Virgil Finlay, Hal Foster, Frank Frazetta, and Roy Krenkel.

Fantasy artists doing the job in the late-twentieth century: Julie Bell, Thomas Blackshear, Brom, Kinuko Craft, Tony DiTerlizzi, Jeff Easley, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, Scott Fischer, Kelly Freas, Brian Froud, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, James Gurney, Scott Gustafson, the Brothers Hildebrandt, Jeff Jones, Gregory Manchess, Mike Mignola, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Glen Orbik, Ruth Sanderson, William Stout, David Trampier, Boris Vallejo, Charles Vess, James Warhola, Michael Whelan, David Wiesner, and some others.

The newest era of illustrators: Scott Brundage, Wesley Burt, Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme, Anna Dittmann, Heather Edwards, Justin Gerard, Piotr Jabłoński, Tyler Jacobson, Victo Ngai, Ben Oliver, Karla Ortiz, Anthony Palumbo, David Palumbo, Alessandra Pisano, Annie Stegg Gerard, Justin Sweet, Eric Velhagen, and lots of more.

Even a rare Rockwell fantasy get the job done is incorporated, Land of Enchantment from 1934.

Some of the artists talked about earlier mentioned concluded primary do the job exclusively for this exhibition. In addition, various items in the show on financial loan from museums all over the nation and personal collections are rarely on look at to the public–from engravings from the Center Ages to the iconic Black Lotus painting produced for Magic: The Gathering.

About Fantasy Illustration

Fantasy offers an unattainable reality—a universe the place dragons breathe fireplace, angels and demons have interaction in overcome, and magicians craft spells. As visionary creator Arthur C. Clarke mentioned, “Science fiction is something that could happen… Fantasy is something that couldn’t transpire.” Fictional and imaginative worlds of magic and journey appear to everyday living by fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery manifest in a earth unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on truth.

For 1000’s of years, mankind has depicted analogous great themes in numerous cultures. Mentioned scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, claimed that mankind creates fantasy to enable us have an understanding of the universe and our existence, delineate superior and evil, and train us how to prosper by means of adversity. Representations of dreams and nightmares, fictional creatures, and gods and monsters are designed authentic as a result of visual portrayals in fantasy art. Fantasy illustration interprets the creativeness of the “undiscovered self.”

Accompanying the exhibition will be a 256 web page companion catalogue that includes an introduction by Brian Froud and essays by regarded illustrators and historians will be offered on-line and in the Museum retailer.

The exhibition Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration is arranged by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and will be on watch below from June twelve via Oct 31, 2021. This exhibition will journey nationally to a limited quantity of more museums in 2021 and 2022.

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