Globe Premiere Exhibition Traces Fantasy Illustration as a result of Five Centuries

STOCKBRIDGE, MA—Norman Rockwell Museum (NRM) reveals the 1st exhibition of its variety, Enchanted: A Historical past of Fantasy Illustration. The clearly show involves a hundred+ is effective of art created by additional than 50 artists whose do the job spans over five centuries, and have by no means right before been exhibited together.

Many decades in the earning, NRM curator Jesse Kowalski assembled an encompassing collection of operate to accurately signify the scope and breadth of Fantasy artwork. Enchanted: A Heritage of Fantasy Illustration explores fantasy archetypes from Ancient Mesopotamia to right now. The exhibition will current the immutable concepts existing within just mythology, fairy tales, and timeless narratives of fantastic compared to evil and heroes and villains. advised by way of paintings, etchings, drawings, sculptures, and electronic artwork produced by imaginative artists from lengthy back to right now. The ageless fascination with Fantasy art in common tradition can be witnessed in blockbuster films this kind of as The Lord of the Rings trilogy andtelevision sequence like Game titles of Thrones, (and the guides which preceded them), and in role-taking part in game titles Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Accumulating. Artworks from all of these wonderful worlds will be integrated in the exhibition, quite a few on look at to the community for the initial 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 desires of Little Nemo in Slumberland, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. Heroes and villains observe the exploits of Arthurian legends, Prince Valiant, Conan the Barbarian, and The Lord of the Rings and haunting illustrations or photos of sorcerers and witches, and battles among angels and demons depict the wrestle amongst great and evil.

Artists showcased in the exhibition contain:
Unidentified artists from Historical Mesopotamia by way of the Renaissance, in addition to is effective by Albrecht Dürer, Martin Schongauer, and other individuals.

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

Global artists of the 19th 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 individuals.

The most recent generation 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 far more.

Even a exceptional Rockwell fantasy perform is included, Land of Enchantment from 1934.

Some of the artists outlined previously mentioned accomplished first perform specifically for this exhibition. In addition, many parts in the exhibit on mortgage from museums all around the nation and non-public collections are rarely on perspective to the public–from engravings from the Middle Ages to the iconic Black Lotus portray developed for Magic: The Collecting.

About Fantasy Illustration

Fantasy provides an not possible reality—a universe the place dragons breathe fireplace, angels and demons interact in combat, and magicians craft spells. As visionary writer Arthur C. Clarke mentioned, “Science fiction is one thing that could happen… Fantasy is anything that couldn’t transpire.” Fictional and imaginative worlds of magic and experience arrive to daily life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery arise in a globe unfamiliar to us. Compared with science fiction, which is based mostly on reality.

For hundreds of years, mankind has depicted analogous excellent themes in many cultures. Mentioned scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, claimed that mankind generates fantasy to aid us comprehend the universe and our existence, delineate superior and evil, and train us how to prosper by adversity. Representations of desires and nightmares, fictional creatures, and gods and monsters are produced genuine by way of visual portrayals in fantasy artwork. Fantasy illustration interprets the imagination of the “undiscovered self.”

Accompanying the exhibition will be a 256 page companion catalogue featuring an introduction by Brian Froud and essays by regarded illustrators and historians will be offered on the net and in the Museum keep.

The exhibition Enchanted: A Background of Fantasy Illustration is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and will be on view below from June twelve as a result of Oct 31, 2021. This exhibition will vacation nationally to a confined variety of additional museums in 2021 and 2022.