World Premiere Exhibition Traces Fantasy Illustration by way of 5 Generations

STOCKBRIDGE, MA—Norman Rockwell Museum (NRM) reveals the first exhibition of its kind, Enchanted: A Heritage of Fantasy Illustration. The show involves one hundred+ performs of art created by much more than fifty artists whose perform spans above 5 generations, and have hardly ever ahead of been exhibited alongside one another.

Various years in the building, NRM curator Jesse Kowalski assembled an encompassing assortment of function to properly depict the scope and breadth of Fantasy art. Enchanted: A Heritage of Fantasy Illustration explores fantasy archetypes from Historical Mesopotamia to these days. The exhibition will existing the immutable concepts present in mythology, fairy tales, and timeless narratives of excellent as opposed to evil and heroes and villains. explained to by way of paintings, etchings, drawings, sculptures, and electronic art established by imaginative artists from prolonged back to currently. The ageless fascination with Fantasy artwork in popular tradition can be witnessed in blockbuster movies these as The Lord of the Rings trilogy andtelevision series like Video games of Thrones, (and the guides which preceded them), and in part-participating in game titles Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Collecting. Artworks from all of these fantastic worlds will be bundled in the exhibition, quite a few on view to the general public for the to start with time.

Mythology explores the adventures of Apollo and Thor, the huntress Diana, Perseus rescuing Andromeda with the head of Medusa, and the labors of Hercules. Fairy tales depict the worlds of dragons, elves, fairies, and mermaids, and conjure goals of Minor Nemo in Slumberland, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. Heroes and villains follow the exploits of Arthurian legends, Prince Valiant, Conan the Barbarian, and The Lord of the Rings and haunting illustrations or photos of sorcerers and witches, and battles between angels and demons depict the struggle in between fantastic and evil.

Artists showcased in the exhibition involve:
Unidentified artists from Historical Mesopotamia through the Renaissance, in addition to performs by Albrecht Dürer, Martin Schongauer, and other people.

Pre-Raphaelite artists: Herbert James Draper and Elihu Vedder.

Worldwide artists of the nineteenth century: William-Adolphe Bougeureau, Palmer Cox, Richard Doyle, Gustave Doré, Zacharie Charles Landelle, Jules Joseph Lefebvre, and Arthur Rackham.

Artists from the Golden Age of Illustration: Joseph Clement Coll, Dean Cornwell, Rockwell Kent, J.C. Leyendecker, Winsor McCay, Rose O’Neill, Violet Oakley, Maxfield Parrish, Coles Phillips, Howard Pyle, J. Allen St. John, and N.C. Wyeth.

An artwork from Outsider artist Henry Darger.

Pioneers of fantasy illustration: Hannes Bok, Virgil Finlay, Hal Foster, Frank Frazetta, and Roy Krenkel.

Fantasy artists operating in the late-twentieth century: Julie Bell, Thomas Blackshear, Brom, Kinuko Craft, Tony DiTerlizzi, Jeff Easley, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, Scott Fischer, Kelly Freas, Brian Froud, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, James Gurney, Scott Gustafson, the Brothers Hildebrandt, Jeff Jones, Gregory Manchess, Mike Mignola, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Glen Orbik, Ruth Sanderson, William Stout, David Trampier, Boris Vallejo, Charles Vess, James Warhola, Michael Whelan, David Wiesner, and other people.

The latest technology of illustrators: Scott Brundage, Wesley Burt, Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme, Anna Dittmann, Heather Edwards, Justin Gerard, Piotr Jabłoński, Tyler Jacobson, Victo Ngai, Ben Oliver, Karla Ortiz, Anthony Palumbo, David Palumbo, Alessandra Pisano, Annie Stegg Gerard, Justin Sweet, Eric Velhagen, and several far more.

Even a unusual Rockwell fantasy get the job done is provided, Land of Enchantment from 1934.

Some of the artists talked about higher than concluded unique operate specially for this exhibition. In addition, quite a few parts in the show on personal loan from museums around the nation and private collections are hardly ever on perspective to the public–from engravings from the Center Ages to the legendary Black Lotus painting produced for Magic: The Collecting.

About Fantasy Illustration

Fantasy offers an difficult reality—a universe in which dragons breathe fireplace, angels and demons engage in beat, and magicians craft spells. As visionary writer Arthur C. Clarke pointed out, “Science fiction is one thing that could happen… Fantasy is some thing that could not happen.” Fictional and imaginative worlds of magic and journey appear to lifetime by means of fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery come about in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is centered on point.

For thousands of years, mankind has depicted analogous great themes in various cultures. Observed scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, claimed that mankind makes fantasy to support us recognize the universe and our existence, delineate good and evil, and train us how to prosper through adversity. Representations of dreams and nightmares, fictional creatures, and gods and monsters are produced true by visual portrayals in fantasy artwork. Fantasy illustration interprets the creativeness of the “undiscovered self.”

Accompanying the exhibition will be a 256 webpage companion catalogue showcasing an introduction by Brian Froud and essays by regarded illustrators and historians will be offered on the web and in the Museum store.

The exhibition Enchanted: A Record of Fantasy Illustration is structured by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and will be on look at below from June 12 by means of October 31, 2021. This exhibition will journey nationally to a confined number of added museums in 2021 and 2022.