World Premiere Exhibition Traces Fantasy Illustration via 5 Hundreds of years

STOCKBRIDGE, MA—Norman Rockwell Museum (NRM) reveals the initially exhibition of its type, Enchanted: A Background of Fantasy Illustration. The clearly show contains 100+ functions of art established by much more than fifty artists whose get the job done spans more than 5 centuries, and have hardly ever in advance of been exhibited with each other.

Various years in the creating, NRM curator Jesse Kowalski assembled an encompassing collection of perform to accurately depict the scope and breadth of Fantasy art. Enchanted: A Background of Fantasy Illustration explores fantasy archetypes from Historical Mesopotamia to these days. The exhibition will current the immutable ideas present inside mythology, fairy tales, and timeless narratives of great vs . evil and heroes and villains. informed by means of paintings, etchings, drawings, sculptures, and electronic artwork designed by imaginative artists from extended back to these days. The ageless fascination with Fantasy art in well-liked culture can be witnessed in blockbuster films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy andtelevision sequence like Game titles of Thrones, (and the books which preceded them), and in part-enjoying online games Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Artworks from all of these excellent worlds will be integrated in the exhibition, quite a few on see to the public for the 1st 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 Little 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 photos of sorcerers and witches, and battles concerning angels and demons depict the battle amongst excellent and evil.

Artists showcased in the exhibition include:
Unfamiliar artists from Ancient Mesopotamia by the Renaissance, in addition to operates by Albrecht Dürer, Martin Schongauer, and others.

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

International artists of the nineteenth 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 work in the late-20th 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 other folks.

The latest 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 several a lot more.

frank frazetta Even a uncommon Rockwell fantasy operate is incorporated, Land of Enchantment from 1934.

Some of the artists described higher than accomplished first operate particularly for this exhibition. In addition, a lot of parts in the exhibit on bank loan from museums around the country and private collections are rarely on perspective to the public–from engravings from the Center Ages to the iconic Black Lotus portray developed for Magic: The Accumulating.

About Fantasy Illustration

Fantasy provides an unattainable reality—a universe in which dragons breathe fire, angels and demons interact in combat, and magicians craft spells. As visionary author Arthur C. Clarke observed, “Science fiction is a thing that could happen… Fantasy is a little something that could not come about.” Fictional and imaginative worlds of magic and experience occur to everyday living by means of fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery come about in a entire world unfamiliar to us. As opposed to science fiction, which is based mostly on actuality.

For thousands of yrs, mankind has depicted analogous wonderful themes in various cultures. Pointed out scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, claimed that mankind creates fantasy to support us understand the universe and our existence, delineate good and evil, and teach us how to thrive through adversity. Representations of dreams and nightmares, fictional creatures, and gods and monsters are designed genuine through visible portrayals in fantasy artwork. Fantasy illustration interprets the creativity of the “undiscovered self.”

Accompanying the exhibition will be a 256 web site companion catalogue showcasing an introduction by Brian Froud and essays by regarded illustrators and historians will be available online and in the Museum shop.

The exhibition Enchanted: A Record of Fantasy Illustration is arranged by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and will be on check out right here from June twelve by means of October 31, 2021. This exhibition will journey nationally to a constrained quantity of supplemental museums in 2021 and 2022.