Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Beautifully Old-Fashioned: The Antique Art of Eugène Damblans

Bayonetted rifles, battered battlefields, over-uniformed Prussian soldiers—like Parker Brothers' Risk come to life! I'm really enjoying the work of turn-of-the-century French illustrator Eugène Damblans. His every picture's so beautifully staged—almost stodgy, in a way, but dramatic and very lovely. Much of his work was for working class publications like Le Petit Journal and another called La Mode.

This particular example of his work is quite muted, but Eugene used vivid colors very well, too—as in these wonderful depictions of Saint Nicholas and Jesus Christ.

You got a fan in me, Damblans!

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