Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Weird Wednesday

Interesting to see how two highly regarded illustrators both approached the same subject. In this case we have Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) and Harry Clarke (1889-1931) both illustrating the moment when The Red Death arrives at the ball in Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque of the Red Death. Rackham (top) is the more famous illustrator but has Clarke tackled the subject with more elan? Does his version have more of a suitably Gothic atmosphere? But does Rackham's have more impact? Which is the most effective? There's only one way to find out... you decide!

1 comment:

  1. This image of the Rackham's red death mask was my first real terror during my childhood, with about 4 or 5 years. I remember the chills when I looked it fascinated. Both illustrations are tremendous.