Another World: Nineteenth-Century Illustrated Print Culture by Patricia Mainardi

By Patricia Mainardi

The extraordinary tale of the stylistic, cultural, and technical options that drove the surge of comics, sketch, and different print media in 19th-century Europe

Taking its identify from the 1844 visionary photograph novel by way of J. J. Grandville, this groundbreaking booklet explores the discovery of print media—including comics, cartoon, the illustrated press, illustrated books, and renowned prints—tracing their improvement in addition to the classy, political, technological, and cultural concerns that formed them. The explosion of images from the past due 18th century to the start of the twentieth passed the print construction from all past centuries mixed, spurred the expansion of the foreign paintings industry, and inspired the cross-fertilization of media, matters, and types. Patricia Mainardi examines rankings of ingenious and cutting edge prints, targeting hugely experimental moments of discovery, whilst artists and publishers validated the boundaries of every new medium, developing visible languages that stretch to the comics and picture novels of this present day. Another World finds a wealth of visible fabric, revealing a historical past of the way our image-saturated global got here into being, and situating the learn of print tradition firmly in the context of artwork history.

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As the same artists often worked in several different media, it is imperative to adopt a unified and integrated approach to understanding this history. The artist Grandville, for example, produced caricatures, drawings for the illustrated press, and illustrated books—and he was by no means unique. For many artists, the new illustrated print media encouraged experimentation in both form and content that expanded both the arena of visual imagery and the making of it, as well as the audiences for it.

Calling upon the talents of the finest artists of the period, these publications encouraged inventive varieties of word-image relationships rediscovered only in the twentieth century. The widespread use of wood engraving offered publishers of books as well as newspapers the possibility of layouts that interspersed images with text, producing rich tapestries of word and image impossible to achieve with lithography. Acrid debates arose from the literary establishment’s negative reaction to this intrusion of the artist into the writer’s domain because it resulted in a disruption of the traditional book layout where images had appeared infrequently, in isolation, and on separate pages, allowing the text to reign in pristine splendor.

A. 1965. FIGURE 8 Eugène Delacroix, Marguerite’s Ghost Appears to Faust [L’ombre de Marguerite apparaissant à Faust], 1828, from Goethe, Faust, 1826–1827. Lith. Villain, Pub. Ch. Motte. Yale University Art Gallery, Anonymous gift. And yet, Delacroix actually seemed to think in terms of lithography, as though it could give him something that mere drawing could not. ”22 When Burty asked him about his Faust series, Delacroix wrote: I recall that, around 1821, I saw some compositions by Retzsch that really impressed me, but it was especially the performance of a dramatic opera based on Faust that I saw in London in 1825 that excited me to do something like that....

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