Monday, March 2, 2015
Gorey Collection Spring Cleaning. With this in mind, I have several pieces of original Edward Gorey artwork available for purchase.
If you would like to receive a PDF of the pieces available, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the information to you.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
stained glass window design for the annual Christmas concert. The "window" was constructed as a backdrop for the school chorus and can be seen in the background of yearbook photos from the concert.
The shape of the original cartoon was an elaborate rounded arch, but this was changed to a simpler Gothic arch for the final piece. The change in shape is indicated in pencil on the drawing. The piecework on the original cartoon is also quite complicated. When the set piece was built, much of the line work was simplified, and the cherub's positioning was changed. He no longer holds the banner which floats above the heads of the monks, and it appears that his wing now covers his bare bottom!
The completed "window" gave the stage a "church" backdrop for the choir, as can be seen in the black and white yearbook photos, however the subject matter of the design is an interesting choice.
It's difficult to say whether the finished window may have been backlit. The yearbook does refer to the room being darkened as the Special Chorus entered to take their place onstage with the regular chorus, in front of "a beautiful stained glass window". While the window design looks like a stained glass window, further changes would be needed to be able to truly render this design in glass. There are several pieces with severe in-cuts that would not be possible if the design were to be actually created in glass.
Monday, February 2, 2015
The Art of Murder. A warning outside the gallery states that the exhibit might not be suitable for young children.
Included in the exhibit are a series of prints, many of great antiquity, each of which depicts the act of murder. Along with the usual representations of religious crucifixions are several pieces that reminded me strongly of the works of Edward Gorey.
Also on display at the MIA is an 1848 glyphograph by George Cruikshank titled, "The Maniac Father and the Convict Brother are Gone - The Poor Girl, Homeless, Friendless, Deserted, Destitute, and Gin Mad, Commits Self Murder" (see image at the top of the post). Of course, the title alone could easily be the plot line of one of Mr. Gorey's books.
This image reminded me of several illustrations by Edward Gorey - the first from The Object Lesson, and the second from The Fatal Lozenge. Both of these illustrations bear a striking resemblance to the Cruikshank image.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
HERE. This biographical outline includes many interesting facts and images, including Gorey's High School Diploma shown above.
I was recently sent some xeroxes of The Parker School's 1941 yearbook which includes the class picture for The Eleventh Grade. Edward Gorey is seated in the front row wearing a light colored shirt, the third person in from the right. This yearbook picture does not appear on the Loyola site.
Friday, January 23, 2015
original artwork, all of them dust wrapper designs, have been sold in the past couple weeks.
Earlier this month, the watercolor painting for Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense from 1988 appeared on eBay and was sold. The cover vignette of the man entering Hell is a particularly nice detail of this artwork. The art for the hand lettered typography was not included with the painting.
Swann Auction Galleries January 22 Illustration Art sale had two finished book cover designs and one rough sketch for a book cover (see my post from December 30, 2014). All three pieces sold, with the Haunted America cover exceeding its pre-sale estimate. Swann now posts their auction items on eBay, but it should be noted that the final prices listed on eBay do not include the additional 25% buyers premiums. To see the final sale prices, visit swanngalleries.com.
Monday, January 19, 2015
For many years, I had heard that Edward Gorey created a small number of Stuffed Frogs in a Christmas fabric which were sold at his 1992 production of Blithering Christmas, but I had never seen one. Recently, the frog pictured appeared on an on-line auction (this frog is not in my collection). Mr. Gorey often sold Figbash dolls at his theatrical productions to benefit the theater, but the Christmas fabric frog was only ever available at Blithering Christmas. Mr. Gorey did sew a few frogs in non-holiday fabrics which he gave to friends.
One of the interesting things about this frog is the tag that is tied to one of its legs, stating that it was created by hand by Mr. Gorey in 1992. The earliest Figbash dolls sold at the theatrical productions did not have tags. It was not until Gotham Book Mart began selling the Figbash dolls that Edward Gorey made tags for them, at the request of GBM.