Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle 精装 – 2017年8月8日
Earle 于 1916 年出生于纽约市,展示了早期天赋,在 14 岁时举办了他的第一个个人展。 在青少年在墨西哥和欧洲旅行后,他两翼横跨美国,画水彩画来付出自己的路。 在 20 世纪 30 年代后期,他开始设计圣诞卡片 - 多年来已经售出 3 亿多份 - 同时继续展示他的艺术。
但是,Ear的转变时刻来到了 1951 年,当时他被雇佣在华尔特迪士尼工作室作为背景画家。 他再次证明了一项快速的研究,向获得了奥斯卡奖的短 Toot、Whistle、Plunk 和 Boom 捐赠了他的才华,深受喜爱的全长《睡美人》以及许多其他受历史悠久的 Disney 动画电影。
在 1958 年结束于 Disney 的保龄后,Earle 将注意力集中在商业动画和广告上,然后在 1966 年全场回归了精美艺术。 在这里,在他生命的后三十年里,Earle 创造了一个巨大且令人印象深刻的多样化工作主体。 他成为丝网印刷工艺的专家,称为丝网印刷,这是一种痛苦的艺术形式,可能需要多达 200 个独立屏幕。 他还创造了数十种图形和抓挠板 - 雕刻在板上,白粘土和黑色墨水底漆 - 为他的自传传 "Horizon Bound on a Bicycle "。 除了他的多媒体实验之外,Earle 绘制了自然世界的耀眼油作品,在近乎超越的光线下捕捉了滚动的山脉、花边和大量树木,击败加利福尼亚州的蓝色波。 作为一位动人而抒情的作家,他经常用同样的冥想和有趣的诗伴着他迷人的风景。
在一个漫长而受尊敬的职业之后,Earle 于 2000 年在加利福尼亚海滨去世,留下了动画和美术方面的巨大遗产。 今天,他的作品是多家著名博物馆(包括纽约大都会艺术博物馆)的永久收藏,而他的记忆继续激发了全世界新一代有抱负的创意。
- ASIN : 168188271X
- 出版社 : Weldon Owen (2017年8月8日)
- 语言 : 英语
- ISBN : 9781681882710
- 尺寸 : 30.48 x 1.78 x 24.13 cm
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The nice things about it is that they pulled out all the stops on these reproductions. They are beautiful and often appropriately sized, while still giving them space to breath on the page. There are quite a few works in here, especially those pertaining to Earle's early life and studies, that are impossible to track down in print or online. Finally, we can see some of the brilliant watercolor landscapes that Earle goes on and on about during his roadtrip journal in Horizon Bound! And the Easter special! (I wish they could have tracked down some of the navy portraits though.)
Moving on to the bad: Upon seeing the title and description for this book, and knowing that it was made to commemorate a show at the Disney Family Museum, I knew this book would show some of Earle's non-Disney work but have a distinct focus on the art he created for the numerous productions he was attached to throughout his years at Disney. The Disney section is wonderful, but it's too short. At about 60 pages, it covers only a third of the book. I was so looking forward to wonderful reproductions of some of the concept works I've seen in online auction catalogs and others that find their way to the internet here and there. But very little of it makes it into the book. It's still quite a lot by comparison, but you could fill a whole book with just the Sleeping Beauty stuff I've seen out there alone. I could be mistaken, but I don't think anything made it from his foray into the Little Golden Book collection either.
Most of the textual information found in this book is rehashed or directly quoted from Earle's autobiography, Horizon Bound on a Bicycle. The quotes are completely unattributed in the main part of the book, which is a little jarring, but the source is made clear in a small paragraph on the copyright page at the end. The book seems to rely a lot on this reprinted material to carry it; seeing Earle's own words beside his artwork is great, but it takes up a disproportionate amount of the text (I'm not counting poetry here.) I would have liked a more cohesive narrative or supporting details that add something to what's already available. But even in areas where the writers summarize events in their own words, much of the nuance of Earle's life is lost as well and you end up with a frustratingly vague picture of who he was and where he came from. He led a very interesting life and it's a shame to water it down to such an extent.
Lastly, not only does the book lift a lot of it's text from Horizon Bound, but they devoted over 10 pages to reprinting 26 of the 70 chapterhead illustrations found in it. I can understand reprinting a few to show Earle's scratch board works, but many of these are repetitive and some are quite simple works hardly worthy of their own page. I don't mean to insult the sentimental value when I say that, but for such a prolific artist who has so few publications dedicated to his work, these pages just start to feel like they exist simply to pad it out. Not only that, but if you want to see them all, why not just buy the book they were made for? Though I've only got a chance to look through Earle's other book, The Complete Works of Eyvind Earle, only once, I heavily suspect the same could be said for many of the works that comprise the last 30 or so pages of Awaking Beauty as well.
And a note on the physical book: The dust jacket is very fragile and the book itself wasn't shrinkwrapped. As a result, though I preordered, my book still arrived with a torn and beat up dust jacket.
This was a long review. I understand that this book was a labor of love for those involved and I don't mean to disparage their effort, and it's entirely possible that the production of this book suffered limitations beyond its creators' control, but so much of this book seems to me a lost opportunity. There is so much out there by Eyvind Earle that's already had its chance to shine and I would have liked to see this book focus more on things that haven't found their way to print. I will still display it proudly on my shelf, as I'm excited to see any of Earle's Disney work collected. Here's to hoping that some day we will get to see more of Earle's stunning concept work on our shelves.
Edit: I just wanted to add, that if you want to find some good quality images for a large amount of Earle's Sleeping Beauty work all in one place (along with a few other gems,) search for him on the Heritage Auctions.
This book arrived sealed and in perfect condition. Amazon (for the most part) seems to be getting better at packing expensive books properly and not shipping damaged copies to customers.