ART OF FORTUNINO MATANIA


ART OF FORTUNINO MATANIA

FORTUNATO FORTUNINO MATANIA    Book Number: 85696    Product format: Paperback

Born in Naples in 1888, Fortunato Fortunino Matania (1881-1963) illustrated his first book at the age of 14, studied in Paris, Milan and London, and worked on The Graphic and The Sphere. At the outbreak of WWI he became a war artist and spent nearly five years at the front drawing hundreds of sketches, admired for his technical accomplishment and scrupulous accuracy. He illustrated numerous ceremonies including the coronation of Edward VII and regularly exhibited at the RA. He was an expert at historical scenes from all periods of history from his Ancient Roman and classical illustrations to his London Life and Look & Learn series of children's books. In this catalogue Illustration Art Gallery showcases over 250 pieces, original paintings and drawings, sketches, signed prints, magazine tear sheets, leaflets and ephemera. There is a spectacular colour painting of George slaying the Dragon, dozens of book covers reproduced for Arabian Nights and other classics, for Christmas cards in delicate colours and often historic scenes, all beautifully crafted and here reproduced in colour. Dozens of front covers of The Sphere magazine from his personal archives have graphic illustrations of soldiers, fighting, generals and battle scenes. There are WWI paintings reproduced on 'cigarette' cards, 32 thrilling scenes presented with the Triumph Boys Comic in 1927. Pencil sketches of nudes, pencil, wash and gouache illustrations for When Worlds Collide, King George V and Queen Mary at Calcutta in 1912, or on their Silver Wedding Anniversary at St Paul's Cathedral or at a floral event, but one of the most vibrant and beautiful are the Japanese acrobats and a summer scene in Santa Cruz on page 24, of a mother bathing small children in a fountain. The ultimate art book of one of the most respected illustrators of the 20th century, this giant volume covers in detail his breath-taking art over his entire career from historically accurate paintings of antiquity to book illustrations for Kipling stories. 250 illus, many taken from the original art, mostly in colour. 96 very large pages in softback. Measuring 8½" x 11".
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ISBN 9781907081323
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