Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's "Ring"

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Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's "Ring"

Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's "Ring" By Arthur Rackham James Spero Richard Wagner Rackham s Color Illustrations for Wagner s Ring His pictures which seemed to me then aged to be the very music made visible plunged me a few fathoms deeper into my delight I have seldom coveted anything as I coveted that book C S LewisBefore p

  • Title: Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's "Ring"
  • Author: Arthur Rackham James Spero Richard Wagner
  • ISBN: 9780486237794
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's "Ring" By Arthur Rackham James Spero Richard Wagner His pictures, which seemed to me then aged 13 to be the very music made visible, plunged me a few fathoms deeper into my delight I have seldom coveted anything as I coveted that book C.S LewisBefore portraying Wagner s Ring, Arthur Rackham 1867 1939 had become England s leading illustrator through his interpretations of fairy and fantastic books Grimm s Fairy His pictures, which seemed to me then aged 13 to be the very music made visible, plunged me a few fathoms deeper into my delight I have seldom coveted anything as I coveted that book C.S LewisBefore portraying Wagner s Ring, Arthur Rackham 1867 1939 had become England s leading illustrator through his interpretations of fairy and fantastic books Grimm s Fairy Tales, Rip van Winkle, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, A Midsummer Night s Dream With his insight into elves, twisted oaks, and bearded heroes, Wagner was the logical step with the Ring, Rackham brought his talent for ethereal watercolor and line into new realms of adult mythology.This edition reproduces, in full color, all 64 watercolor illustrations from Siegfried The Twilight of the Gods 1911 and The Rhinegold The Valkyrie 1912 The original English and American editions also contained black and white vignettes and tailpieces, a selection of which appear here the original text, a dated English translation of the libretto, has been replaced by comprehensive descriptive captions and an introduction by James Spero.Rackham poured all his mature fancy into the Ring The gnarled Nibelung Alberich sports with teasing Rhinemaidens, fiery Loge and lordly Wotan tussle with giants and serpents An ecstatic Br nnhilde is finally consumed on Siegfried s funeral pyre in perhaps the most successful representation of this scene anywhere, either graphically or theatrically Wagner s Teutonic forests and caves give Rackham free reign for his brooding, haunting nature backgrounds characters, costumes, and all the tiny details are painted with such textual accuracy and empathy that today s opera companies who wish to return to staging the Ring in the traditional manner turn to Rackham s paintings for guidance.The painstaking reproduction of these artworks brings Arthur Rackham s most heroic visions to the many collectors and admirers who cannot obtain the expensive out of print editions With the aid of the clear captions, the Wagnerian cycle may be followed once again in its most time honored and rich interpretation.
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    1. Morgana Blackrose on said:

      Rackham and Wagner two of my biggest inspirations and influences combined I ve loved Rackham s drawing style since I was a kid I know it doesn t show, to those used only to seeing my adult illustrations but this gorgrous title sits on my special shelf beside the computer for constant reference My only criticism is that the book s paperback construction probably won t stand up to my personal demands, and if I can find a hardback edition somewhere for a sane price I ll probably invest in the upgra [...]

    2. Jana Light on said:

      A haunting and ethereal collection Rackham masterfully evokes the cold northernness of Wagner s operatic Norse mythology.

    3. Eb Daniels on said:

      This gorgeous collection of illustrations by Arthur Rackham depict major events from Wagner s cycle of operas, Der Ring des Nibelungen The large format pictures are very well recreated and capture the evocative and fanciful brilliance of Rackham.

    4. Jessica on said:

      This lovely book has beautiful images, and the captions summarize the story I d love it if these were released for of the old, out of print books that were published by Rackham.

    5. Meredith on said:

      These are the illustrations for the operas in Richard Wagner s Ring Cycle They are hauntingly creepy in Arthur Rackham s signature style.

    6. Xian Fan on said:

      When I read Norse Mythology in 2010, the predicaments of protagonists always haunted me Compared with Greek Myth, there was too much lamentation in every plot, especially in the advent of Ragnarok Later I came across this printed book in Shanghai Book Fair, reflecting the memory of Rhinegold The sad love story broke my heart thrice.

    7. Edward Waters on said:

      Arthur Rackham is among the greatest illustrators of what has come to be called fantasy literature His renderings of scenes from Dickens, Barrie, Grahame, and even Shakespeare are often flawless and many have ultimately proved definitive.Here he tackles the daunting scope of Richard Wagner s vast operatic cycle DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, and he is so successful that his images have become the model for most of its traditional stage design ever since they were exhibited in 1912 at the Societe Natio [...]

    8. Jaimie on said:

      Most of Rackham s fairytale drawings have a quiet intensity, due to his somber palettes and twisting lines, but none so intense as his interpretations of Wagner s Ring trilogy His style perfectly conveys the Nordic and Germanic themes of the story and gives the cast of characters a quite fitting loft heroic style that is reminiscent of the Operatic stage and the mythic sagas Most wonderfully represented, in my opinion, are the mysterious Rhinemaidens, whose task it is to safeguard the Rhinegold [...]

    9. Jeff on said:

      This is a wonderful set of visualizations of narrative events from Wagner s Ring Cycle Arthur Rackham was a major talent in the field of graphic arts, and his style lends itself naturally to the mythical world of The Ring Each color plate is accompanied by brief text setting the image within the overall plot of Wagner s epic, and even those new to the subject matter will be able to understand the story with this great combination of images and text.

    10. Peter on said:

      Magnificent paintings of scenes from Wagner s Ring of the Nibelungen.

    11. Wetdryvac Wetdryvac on said:

      I either love or hate Wagner on any given day, but this is hands down the best experience I ve run into for the ring cycle lovely art, and no screaming.

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