Barry Moserís Alice (1982)


"I have tried to keep the illustrations weird (yet reasonable), and grotesque (yet humorous), but I have not tried to make them pretty or graceful." So Barry Moser described his work for this edition of Lewis Carrollís Through the looking glass. The model for the illustration of Humpty Dumpty shown here was Richard Nixon, and the parallel with his fall from power is immediately apparent. The narrow format of the page, the distorted perspective with the vertical lines used to delineate the blocks of stone and the vaulting sky, all contribute to the precariousness of the figure. Moser, one of the foremost etcher-engravers in the United States, is represented by several works in the National Art Library. His illustrations for Alice won the 1983 American Book Award for Design-Pictorial.


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