Artist Appreciation: Harry Clarke

I’ve been laid out with a cold today, and mostly sleeping rather than creating. As fever dreams are rarely coherent, I thought I would share one of my favorite influential artists, Harry Clarke.

I first encountered his work while reading and reading about the story of Faust. This image of Mephistopheles and Faust caught my eye, as it was both intricate and beautiful, and emanated a captivating intensity and air of Art Nouveau with a personal twist. When I looked into the image further, I found that Clarke was a book illustrator and stained-glass artist whose work graced the pages of Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Perault, and Goethe’s Faust, among others. His intricate work was present in his stained glass windows as well, creating rich and detailed pieces, most of which can still be enjoyed where they were installed after commission.

I highly encourage anyone to visit a work of his (if they can) or to view the many examples of his illustrations available online if you cannot find a print. They are enjoyable down to the tiniest of details and gave me a new appreciation of what can be done to make even the simplest of objects alive with detail.

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