FABLES OF LOVE AND ART


This commission marked the beginning of the religious side of the artist's work. At the outset of WWII which nearly coincided with Ambroise Vollard's death in an automobile accident, two-thirds of the plates were completed with most of the balance already started. In this same period of time Chagall had traveled to Spain in to study the works of Velazquez, Goya and El Greco, and in he journeyed to Italy to contemplate the works of Titian.

From these pilgrimages he derived the concept of painting on a larger scale, with a more diverse color palette and a greater depth of meaning. In he moved to Gordes in Provence in the hope of simply being left alone to paint. At first he declined but as news reached him of the arrests and disappearance of friends he decided to accept this invitation. With Bella, their daughter Ida and as many of his paintings as possible they made their way to Marseilles then Lisbon finally embarking for the U.

They arrived in New York on June 23, one day after Nazi troops marched into Russia the home of Chagall's childhood. Cut off from his normal routine Chagall devoted himself to his painting at first in New York City, but as soon as possible he and his family relocated to the countryside.

There tragically his beloved wife Bella took ill with pneumonia and died leaving Marc and Ida alone and brokenhearted. After Bella's death, in an effort to proceed with his work, Chagall began to produce his first color lithographs Four Tales from The Arabian Nights. From the 1, stories in The Arabian Nights, Chagall chose just a few which deal with themes of lost love, reunion and death creating a total of 13 compositions.

The combination of these exotic tales of fantasy and the vivid color and imagery of Marc Chagall proved to be an intoxicating blend. Although he had created black and white lithographs earlier in France, Chagall, who is widely considered to be among the greatest colorists of all time, had never tried his hand at color lithography. The spectacular results published in confirm the artist's affinity for the medium. Chagall's Four Tales from The Arabian Nights are considered to be the finest examples of color lithography produced in the United States prior to , and he was honored in by being awarded the graphic prize of the Venice Biennial.

Following a comprehensive exhibition of his work at the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris in the spring of , Chagall moved permanently back to France in settling in Vence near Nice and the Cote d'Azur by Soon after his return Chagall met with Teriade the editor of Verve and heir to Vollard, who began to publish in rapid succession the Chagall projects remaining in Vollard's estate: Dead Souls in , La Fontaine's Fables in , The Bible the balance of which had been completed between in Most significantly of all in as the artist was about to remarry, Teriade commissioned Chagall to illustrate the ancient pastoral romance Daphnis and Chloe.

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Together with his new bride, Vava, and literally on their honeymoon, he traveled for the first time in his life to Greece to seek inspiration for this adventurous tale. At that time and in a series of later visits to Greece, Chagall created a series of drawings and gouaches which formed the basis for the 42 color lithographs which comprise the Daphnis and Chloe suite. As published by Teriade in in the deluxe edition of only 60 they are universally accepted as the artist's most important original prints it should be noted that an unsigned book state of also exists. These remarkable works were engraved by Marc Chagall under the watchful eye of the master printer Charles Sorlier and printed on the presses of the incomparable Mourlot workshop in Paris between and Chagall's color lithographs for Daphnis and Chloe set a new standard for excellence in this medium that may never be equaled.

Abandoning the traditional practice of first producing a black stone or drawing stone which outlines most of the composition and reduces the subsequent color plates to merely adding detail, Chagall chose to create lithograph compositions completely from pure color just as he would a painting. In Chagall was commissioned by the Paris Opera to create set designs and costumes for the ballet Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel, thereby bringing to life this classic story and paralleling his original prints on the same theme.

His work with the ballet and its dancers clearly influenced the grace and beauty of the movement of the figures portrayed in the lithographs as well. Henceforth, Chagall continued to be fascinated with color lithography as a printmaking medium and retained the Mourlot atelier and especially Charles Sorlier as his creative collaborators. Sorlier advised him on all his future color lithograph projects and supervised their printing at Mourlot.

He chose lithography as a print medium that could offer him almost unlimited painterly freedom to explore this world.

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Since lithography is a technique where the artist can work directly on the printing plate or lithostone, the resultant prints convey the spontaneity of his brushstrokes and drawn lines. Chagall's lithographs are now among the most collected art works of the 20th century. In , encouraged by Teriade, he began work on another project that was first conceived by Ambroise Vollard, The Circus suite M. Vollard had been an enthusiastic fan of the circus and realized the potential of its lights, costumes and performers as stimulus for Chagall imagery. He had therefore, as we have already noted, commissioned the artist to paint a series of circus gouaches in the late s.

Mar 05, Dom rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the greatest collections of comic book covers ever. Some beautiful covers indeed! This is an art book, so there isn't much reading involved in this book. Reason I'm just going to review it now rather then wait later. This is the second edition of a book that came out years ago that I really wanted but never got the time to get it.

Thankfully James jean and Vertigo remade this book. I really love Fables. It's my favorite comic book. Own all the volumes and all the spin-off trade available, so most of these covers I've seen already. Why did I get this then? Because the pages are This is an art book, so there isn't much reading involved in this book.

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Because the pages are bigger and crisper to see. Noticed stuff I never noticed before. Like did you know Legends in Exile features a pig on ever cover? Never really actually stopped and looked a this covers before. James Jean's art is just amazing though. In my opinion Fables always has the best overs for comics. But Jean's remind me of vintage s art or something you'd actually see in a fairy tale book. Even his non-Fables art has some kind of magic to them. I'm not sure about the previous edition, but this one as all the covers he did for Fables, the trade paperbacks, Nights of Snowfall, Jack of Fables and other goodies.

Even if you don't read Fables and looking for a good art book I recommend this. Dec 08, kkurtz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 20, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm actually not a Fables fan, but I love the art in this book. The layout truly makes it something special, with the process for each cover, from preliminary sketches to final product, being shown. Even the cover of this book has its development revealed on the inside of the dust jacket! Sep 08, Gica rated it it was amazing.

Jul 17, Wesley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a beautiful oversized, hardback book collecting James Jean's work as a cover artist on Fables. The book collects covers from the main series and , standalone books The Last Castle and [ Nights of Snowfall and the wraparound covers for the first 10 trade paperback collections. The format of the book is pretty rigid. There is a double page spread for each single issue. The left hand page consists of preliminary sketches and paintings along with a relevant quote from the s This is a beautiful oversized, hardback book collecting James Jean's work as a cover artist on Fables.

The left hand page consists of preliminary sketches and paintings along with a relevant quote from the script for that issue and a thumbnail of the final cover as published. The right hand page is a full page reprint of the cover normally without logos, issue numbers, barcodes and other text or graphic elements unless these form an integral part of the design of the image. The wraparound covers are treated slightly differently.

These get 4 pages devoted to them. The first two have have the preliminary sketches, drawings and paintings with a thumbnail of the final cover and a short commentary from Jean himself on the cover.

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The next two pages is a reproduction of the cover alone without logos etc. It goes without saying that if you love Jean's work then you will love this book. It shows which covers went through a number of iterations before settling on a final image and which seem to have been fully formed from the start.

Amazing as the final covers are, some of my favourite illustrations are clean line drawings - the details are amazing and sometimes get lost in the colouring process. Visit his web site which has lots of examples of his other work. Jan 22, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: James Jean's covers were my favorite thing about the artwork of the Fables series, so I love that there is a book dedicated just to them!

It's especially cool to see some of his sketches and compositional decisions, and processes such as those on p. Although he is obviously a spectacular draftsman and painter on his own, it is interesting to me to see how much "oomph" is added to an already stellar painting via Photoshop layering and jui James Jean's covers were my favorite thing about the artwork of the Fables series, so I love that there is a book dedicated just to them!

Although he is obviously a spectacular draftsman and painter on his own, it is interesting to me to see how much "oomph" is added to an already stellar painting via Photoshop layering and juicing up the lighting and color digitally. James Jean also has a good handle on narrative imagery, though I sometimes think he adds too much -- the intricacies and texture of his covers are impressive, yet it's the ones with limited color or compositional elements that, to me, are the strongest.

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Examples of these are the cover of this book, and p. Geppetto's paternal touch is framed by hands that communicate death and destruction. A sense of foreboding is created by carefully composing the characters on a metaphorical stage, the choreography of gazes punctuated by the triangular configuration of candles.

Snow White draws the curtain aside to reveal the strange and dark tales within. Mar 10, Parka rated it it was amazing Shelves: More pictures at parkablogs. Each cover is printed, in high resolution, on semi-gloss high quality paper. The book itself if hardcover with a dust jacket. The art on the hard cover is slightly embossed with a sticker pasted at the centre. There are 75 single issues and 11 wraparounds, a wonderful look at his creative style over the years.

Also included are the sketches James Jean did for his covers. The covers are sometimes accompan More pictures at parkablogs. The covers are sometimes accompanied by his thoughts or some quote from the comic. At the end of the book is an interview conducted by Bill Willingham with James Jean. On the last two pages are photos of his work area.

One of them shows the Eisner Awards he has put neatly on his shelves. Strangely, the interview and photos are printed on non glossy paper, which I think will turn yellow in the future. This is a higly recommended book for fans of James Jean or Fables. This review was first published on parkablogs. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

Both Jack's and the Lilliputians' stories are flashbacks, giving a great look at the histories of these characters. There seems to be a sad case The Good: There seems to be a sad case of "one step forward, two steps back" going on here that I rather wish the author had decided against. Nov 01, Daiva rated it really liked it Shelves: It wasn't as good as the first two maybe because I haven't read fables for quite some time! I'm not sure why though. Just like many things in life it doesn't actually make sense. But well, I did remember the Fable world now, so who knows maybe it is time to catch up and keep up with the adventures of these fairytale characters.

There are still a lot of volumes, so let's do this It wasn't as good as the first two maybe because I haven't read fables for quite some time! There are still a lot of volumes, so let's do this! Oct 10, Cecilia rated it it was ok Shelves: Will continue with the series.

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He had therefore, as we have already noted, commissioned the artist to paint a series of circus gouaches in the late s. The left hand page consists of preliminary sketches and paintings along with a relevant quote from the script for that issue and a thumbnail of the final cover as published. Which is good at establishing some background, but it's not yet clear to me that there is any sort of narrative ar Three volumes in, I'm beginning to feel like Fables is a fun series of escapist fiction, but doesn't seem to offer much more than that. With it all starting with a huge chase, a bunch of brutal and fucked up fights, and a ending that leaves this series up to a lot of possibilities. James Jean's art is just amazing though. For his final body of lithography base upon a single theme Chagall chose Homer's Odyssey M.

Apr 20, Highness Atharva rated it really liked it. Mar 13, Artemy rated it really liked it Shelves: I was bored by the first volume, and I couldn't even bear through the second, it was like a huge ball of overwrought exposition. This one I liked. Willingham definitely evolved as a writer a lot over the first year of writing Fables.

I mean, it's still not perfect, the dialogue is a bit heavy-handed at places, but the story and the pacing are finally good enough for me to get interested in the series.

I'm still not a fan of the art, although Buckingham Actually, surprisingly good. I'm still not a fan of the art, although Buckingham also starts to shine through with his true talent in the later part of the volume. He is a great artist, it's just that his work on Fables feels restrained, like they don't let him experiment more with layouts and scale. And the colouring really doesn't compliment his work, either.

Like, look at his Miracleman with Gaiman — there are some hands-down gorgeous images there. Here it just looks mediocre. Oh well, it's just the start of the series anyway, so the creators probably evolve even more in later books, and now that I'm committed to at least a couple more volumes of Fables, I hope I will get to see that. This one was interesting and very good. Prince Charming sure is a modern day gigolo. Can't get enough of that character.

Never gonna look at him the same. Plus Snow White's in a bit of "trouble" as they say it! Jan 22, Rick Hunter rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The first issue in this volume is a standalone story about Jack and the shenanigans he got up to during the Civil War. He was trying another one of his get rich quick schemes. This fits right in with the way the character was established in the first 2 volumes.

This single issue has the best story of anything in the series so far. I won't go into any detail about it because that would ruin it. I'll just say that I loved creator Bill Willingham's writing in this story. The next 2 issues contain a The first issue in this volume is a standalone story about Jack and the shenanigans he got up to during the Civil War.

The next 2 issues contain a caper scenario reminiscent of movies Ocean's Eleven. A reporter has approached Bigby and told him that he thinks all of the Fables are vampires and he's gonna publish an article with photos of all of them a hundred years ago all looking exactly the same. The assembled crew go to his residence to retrieve all the intel he has collected against them. This little 2 issue story is my second favorite arc in the series so far. Willingham is really finding his niche with these characters.

The following 4 issues have Snow White and Bigby put under a spell by Bluebeard and sent out west. The two come out of the spell and have to fight for their lives against Goldilocks who escaped the Animal Farm at the end of volume 2. This story wasn't as good as the first 2 stories in the book, but was better than the story in volume 2.

It's pretty much on par with the murder mystery from volume 1. The final issue is a story about the Liliputians told Flycatcher by Bigby. It tells all about how the wee people came to be in our world from the Fable lands and about one of their greatest heroes. It also tells about Thumbelina and some of the other women of their people. This was a cute little story, but felt like filler to me. I enjoyed it, but it was not as good as the rest of the book. Overall I give Willingham 4. That is the highest writing score one of these books has gotten so far.

Bryan Talbot starts off the volume with the art for the issue about Jack. This art is great and is pretty much on par with the art of Lan Medina in volume 1. There is tons of detail in the art and all of the people look really good. There aren't any panels that the people look off in any way.

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The art was really consistent and some of the best in the series so far. Lan Medina, the artist from volume 1, returns to draw the 2 issue caper story. This art is gorgeous. I am truly in love with it. I wish this person was on the whole series as artist. Mark Buckingham draws the 3rd arc in the book that spans 4 issues. He has the worst art in the book and gets to draw the most issues. Nothing has changed about his art from volume 2. If you want to read more about what I think of his art, check out my review for volume 2 of this series.

Linda Medley is the artist for the last issue. She has the 3rd best art in the book. All the characters look better than anything drawn by Buckingham.

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She gets 4 stars for her effort. After averaging all the scores, the total art score is 3. I will definitely keep reading these books. I'm falling in love with this series. Any person that wants to see R-Rated versions of Fairy Tales should be reading this series. Jan 15, Jelinas rated it liked it. I really enjoyed Storybook Love ; I did. But, as ridiculous as this sounds, I did think that you had to The volume starts off pretty fun, with a glimpse into Jack Horner's adventures during the Civil War.

It's funny and pretty charming; he cheats both the Devil and Death in this segment nudity warning here. Jack be a player. It's just an aside, so it doesn't have much bearing on th I really enjoyed Storybook Love ; I did. It's just an aside, so it doesn't have much bearing on the main story of the volume. The main storyline comes in two parts. The first is about a mundy reporter who documents the existence of the Fable community. The only thing is, he thinks they're vampires. Bigby gets a crew together to neutralize the mundy and, in the process, makes an enemy of Bluebeard.

The second part results from Blackbeard's beef with Bigby, and he enchants Bigby and Snow White and sends them into the Cascade Mountains to be assassinated by Goldilocks, who's on the lam for her part in the insurrection we saw in Animal Farm. She's been shacking up with Bluebeard, and he sends her to take down Bigby and Snow. We see some romantic tensions slowly building between Bigby and Snow, which take a shocking turn at the end of the volume. While it was still a fun read, there were a lot of little details that seemed a little sloppy to me.

For example, Prince Charming begins spying on Bluebeard and discovers that he's plotting to kill Bigby and Snow. How did he decide to start spying on Bluebeard? How would he communicate with the Mounted Police Lilliputians riding on Fable mice to put them on the case? What authority does he even have to put them on the case? And the whole thing of Bluebeard enchanting Bigby and Snow to get them out camping in the Cascades seemed just a bit lazy to me. I mean, I know you've gotta throw them into some crazy adventure to bring them closer together, but, come on.

I can't believe I'm essentially saying that this story about fairy tale characters living in New York City was a little too unbelievable for me. But it's still a fun read, and the characters still hold steady, even if some of the plotlines are a little shaky. Jan 08, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: With every volume I read of Fables my expectations go up and with every volume my expectations are surpassed. We get a pretty long storyline that involves Bigby and Snow White with some major surprises no spoilers here.

Bluebeard factors heavy in the plot as does Prince Charming. Some minor plotlines around some fables from the Farm that shouldn't be in NYC. The only downside anywhere to be found was switching out the artists in the last issue. Linda Medley is a great artist but her With every volume I read of Fables my expectations go up and with every volume my expectations are surpassed.

Linda Medley is a great artist but her art changes the tone set by the dazzling work of Mark Buckingham. From the looks of Volume 4 we do get Mark back. Because of the art alone I would score this 4. Just dazzling last issue discounted Plot: Just keeps getting better and more involved Pacing: Kept me turning the pages at breakneck speed but with time to let the plot develop Worldbuilding: It's Fables - amazing This is a series I kick myself for not starting sooner but I will not be stopping anytime soon.

I know I said in my review for Papergirls that Papergirls had surpassed by love of Fables to become my favorite graphic novel series but after this volume I might be rethinking that statement. Sep 27, Jess rated it liked it Shelves: Three volumes in, I'm beginning to feel like Fables is a fun series of escapist fiction, but doesn't seem to offer much more than that. Storybook Love , we are given a couple of single issue stories that show us a bit more of the history behind certain characters, Jack's schemes during the American Civil War, and the legends that are told among the fables themselves.

Which is good at establishing some background, but it's not yet clear to me that there is any sort of narrative ar Three volumes in, I'm beginning to feel like Fables is a fun series of escapist fiction, but doesn't seem to offer much more than that. Which is good at establishing some background, but it's not yet clear to me that there is any sort of narrative arch developing throughout the series.