Sunday, August 23, 2009

Egyptian Temple Ruins by Guerin

Here some magnificent illustrations by the American artist Jules Guerin (1866-1946). He had a very peculiar style and an excellent sense of color. The illustrations were made for the book "Egypt and Its Monuments" (1908) by Robert Hichens.

Especially if you compare these illustrations to that more “realistic” ones by the famous David Roberts, you see the strong influence of the Art Nouveau movement and Japanese woodblock prints.
I prefer them even to that by Roberts, which I also like a lot, because in their reduced manner they are more mystical. Besides they are good examples that less is sometimes more.

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