Eye on Alice: Down the Rabbit Hole, Pt. 2

This brings us to this month’s edition of Eye on Alice, a continuation of the ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ theme.  These are more modern illustrations for Alice’s encounter with the White Rabbit and her plummet down the rabbit hole.

Anne Bachelier is a contemporary surrealist painter and illustrator, and her work for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is, in my opinion, among her best, particularly her Mad Tea Party illustration, which will appear later on this blog:

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Anne Bachelier – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Cinzia Ratto - Alice in Wonderland - The White Rabbit

Cinzia Ratto – Alice in Wonderland – The White Rabbit

Cinzia Ratto - Alice in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Cinzia Ratto – Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Courtney Brims mostly illustrates women. I love her sense of design, and she has a very nicely designed website as well:

Courtney Brims - Alice in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Courtney Brims – Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

A more cartoonish version:

Ekaterina Shishlova - Down the Rabbit Hole

Ekaterina Shishlova – Down the Rabbit Hole

Fernando Falcone’s illustration is more of an Alice-inspired image than an actual image for the book. Still, I had to include it because I love how he made the White Rabbit tall and intimidating. Falcone is another one with a beautifully designed website:

Fernando Falcone - Mary Ann! (2005)

Fernando Falcone – Mary Ann! (2005)

Gennadi Kalinovski’s Alice is probably the earliest version in this post, but it has a contemporary feel to it:

Gennadi Kalinovski - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Gennadi Kalinovski – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Much of José Sanabria’s work has a pleasantly chaotic feel that is perfectly suited to children’s books:

José Sanabria - Alice in Wonderland - White Rabbit

José Sanabria – Alice in Wonderland – White Rabbit

Julia Gukova’s Deco-like Surrealism is a good match for the squares (cards, chessboard) that runs thematically through the Alice books:

Julia Gukova - Alice in Wonderland (1)

Julia Gukova – Alice in Wonderland (1)

Julia Gukova - Alice in Wonderland (2)

Julia Gukova – Alice in Wonderland (2)

Courtney Brims – Brisbane Artist (Official Site)

Fernando Falcone (Official Site)

José Sanabria (Blog)

JULIA GUKOVA (Official Site)

In next month’s Eye on Alice we’ll wrap up the White Rabbit/Rabbit Hole theme.

Émile Antoine Bayard: Les Misérables

I’m proud to say I have read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.  If you’ve ever tackled it, you’ll know why I’m proud: it is a dense (in more ways than one) and lengthy novel, and so not an easy book to get through.  All the characters are well-drawn, but of course the character most apropos to this blog is Cosette.  The book follows her life from infancy to young womanhood and is in many ways as much about her as it is about Jean Valjean.  Several artists have illustrated the book, including Louis Moe, Pierre Jeanniot, and the incomparable Lynd Ward, but of course the most famous illustration for the book is this one done by Émile Antoine Bayard, as it was later used in the poster design for long-running musical version of Les Mis and thus became an iconic image.

Émile Antoine Bayard – Cosette

Wikipedia: Émile Bayard

Babi Yar: Images of a Tragedy

Babi Yar was the single largest on-site mass execution in the entire span of the Third Reich, with over 33,000 Jews—and possibly as many as 100,000 people altogether—being murdered by Nazi Sonderkommando and SS soldiers over a two-day period.  Children, of course, were not spared in this operation.  Photographs, many taken by the Nazis themselves, document this horrific event, and several monuments and memorials, including many near the site itself, stand as somber and sober reminders of the depths of human depravity.

Here we see several women and little girls, awaiting their turn to be shot.  It is truly chilling to look at such photos, knowing that only moments from this point in time everyone in this photo will be cruelly murdered.

(Photographer Unknown) – Babi Yar Massacre

Anna Ginsberg, age 3, one of the thousands of children slaughtered at Babi Yar:

(Photographer Unknown) – Anna Ginsberg, age 3, executed at Babi Yar

Mania Halef was another:

(Photographer Unknown) – Mania Halef, executed at Babi Yar

This monument to the children killed at Babi Yar rests near the Dorohozhychi subway station in Kiev, Ukraine:

Artist Unknown - Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (1)

Artist Unknown – Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (1)

Artist Unknown - Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (2)

Artist Unknown – Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (2)

Artist Unknown - (Title Unknown) (Babi Yar statue)

Artist Unknown – (Title Unknown) (Babi Yar statue)

A detail of the maquette of Cindy Jackson’s massive monument, which is currently under construction (you can read about it at her site):

Cindy Jackson - The Babi Yar Massacre (detail)

Cindy Jackson – The Babi Yar Massacre (detail)

Wikipedia: Babi Yar

Wikipedia: Babi Yar memorials

Cindy Jackson Sculpture (Official Site)

Estonian Illustrators: Viktor Aleksejev

Another in my series on Estonian illustrators.  Here are some (but not all) of the illustrations he rendered for a Russian edition of ‘Thumbelina’.  I find the colors and textures in Aleksejev’s images to be the most striking facets of them, particularly on the plants and animals.  In fact, the human figures here seem to be almost an afterthought; Aleksejev clearly preferred drawing nature over people.

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Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (1)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (2)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (2)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (3)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (3)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (4)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (4)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (5)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (5)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (6)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (6)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (7)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (7)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (8)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (8)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (9)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (9)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (10)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (10)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (11)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (11)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (12)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (12)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (13)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (13)

Viktor Aleksejev - 'Thumbelina' (14)

Viktor Aleksejev – ‘Thumbelina’ (14)

One from Lauren Rosenbaum

A photographer mom with three daughters. I would love to do a multi-image post of her work, but you’ll have to settle for one image and a link to her Flickr photostream (below) for now. You really need to take a look at it; there are so many excellent images there. It’s really difficult to narrow them down to a few favorites, there are so many good ones.

Lauren Rosenbaum – (Title Unknown)

Flickr: Lauren Rosenbaum