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Golden Age of Illustration

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 12:32 AM
Nienor by ekukanovaIF Mysterious by AngelaRizza

When in the second half of the 19th century newspapers and illustrated books became popular and  widespread thanks to improvements in printing technology, many artists found their base to spread their skills. The official time span of the Golden Age of Illustration is said to be from 1880s to 1920s, but it varied a little bit between Europe and America.

While European illustrators were influenced mostly by the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau and Post-Impressionists (especially by Les Nabis, a group of Parisian artists), their American colleagues focused around Howard Pyle's Brandywine School of American Illustration in the Brandywine Valley.

Dream by marzenaablOutside the Window by Lipatovprincess of the dark forest by Odespaprikan

Amongst the most popular artists of this time we find Arthur Rackham (UK), Howard Pyle (US), Ivan Bilibin (Russia), Theodor Kittelsen (Norway), Edmund Dulac (France), John Bauer (Sweden), Beatrix Potter (UK), N.C. Wyeth (US), Sulamith Wülfing (Germany) or Florence Harrison (UK, considered also as Pre-Raphaelite). But there were many, many more.

John Bauer Troll by tayamaKing Thrushbeard by kakao-beanMist by KaelyceaCreeping Past the Dragon by erinclairebMielikki by dragoninthemistfootprints by enmi

You can see a lot of people strongly inspired or influenced by the Golden Age of Illustration. Alan Lee, for example, or Shirley Barber. The Golden Age illustrations represent many diffrent styles, so everybody can find something interesting and inspirational among them, and yet - despite the diffrences, there's something ephemeral that escapes your senses, but it connects them all.

We also have a lot of fine artists around deviantART, who are visually influenced by those who used to create around 100 years ago - some of their works you could see in this article. Don't forget to check the groups listed below, which are focused around this age, around its specific representants or about illustration in general.


And more works!

:thumb295637662:Monster Moor Moose by Rode-Egel...fran utanmyra by SirPaahdinFirebird and cherries by teriathaninFisher Fox by teaganwhiteJorinde und Joringel by Gold-Seven Squirrel and Baby by KelliRoos

This is a part of Art History project, which is run by :iconarthistoryproject:.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps we have entered a new golden age of the illustration.
Illustration is no more everywhere, photography is here to illustrate most of the daily newspaper and books.
But the quantity of art books about specific subjects, artists, film and game concept arts is always growing and deviantart is clearly a place where you can find the modern face of illustration.
Peoples continue to love illustration and recognize it as art, perhaps even more than modern art.
With the development of cinema and game industry the need of illustration is in a constant growth, we continue to need more and more artist to create universe, characters, and illustrations of them, they are not the front page in the media but for illustration lovers the quantity of incredible artworks produce today is a real pleasure =D
STelari Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's very interesting what you wrote and I see there's a lot of sence in it. Perhaps you shold consider writting an article about it? (:
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why not, it's a good idea :p
Just give me some time and I will need some help to make it in proper english, it's not my native language :lol:
STelari Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool (: Note me when you'll have some progress, so we could work this out.
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Added to #DevNews July 16th Edition! :aww:
darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Wonderful feature!!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature! Lovely constellation.
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fab article,It really help me in the monthly theme
The-Morlock Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great article. :clap:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful read :) Loved this!!
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