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FRANCIS ROTHBART HC (C: 0-1-2) (09/21/2022)

FRANCIS ROTHBART HC (C: 0-1-2) (09/21/2022)

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FRANCIS ROTHBART HC (C: 0-1-2)
(W) Woodruff, Thomas (A) Woodruff, Thomas (C) Woodruff, Thomas
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
StockID: 51399 SKU: JUL221498

A stunning- head-turning- 'graphic opera' masterpiece from an acclaimed painter and illustrator. Francis Rothbart follows a feral child who is raised by magpies and other creatures and is repeatedly struck by lightning. Because of these phenomena- the child develops eccentric talents- which he then abuses- leading to his ultimate destruction by the same natural world that once nurtured him. Written mostly in rhymed verse- Francis's picaresque saga unfolds in an allegorical environment- much like the topographical constructions behind renaissance religious paintings. Referencing both the Venetian landscapes of Bellini- Pierro di Cosimo- and Carpaccio- mixed with the unlikely animated backdrops of Jay Ward and Chuck Jones- Woodruff's images recall the fictive gardens of a paradise lost that lingers somewhere deep in all our souls- moist and dark like the caves of the pious saints. Combining both paintings and drawings- each scene is a visual and verbal feast that transports us to a place in which trees anthropomorphize into figures bending from the weight of stalactite crowns- an iris becomes the gown for an oneiric sprite- and the sky rains down tears- as if mimicking the melancholy of a weeping willow. In a muted palette- Woodruff's carbon and white charcoal pencil drawings bring us ever closer to this mythical ecology. The artist lovingly focuses on every detail: ethereal- fragile blossoms- petals- roots- and leaves; impressively observed wildlife creatures; and each curve of the hand lettered text is rendered by the delicate hand of an illustrative obsessionist with a penchant for the poignant. Woodruff's images are multi-sourced amalgamations that echo with familiarity- portraying a world that is not only our own but also exists in the place of our half-remembered dreams. Thomas Woodruff's works have been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally including the Whitney Museum of Art (NY)- The Norman Rockwell Museum (MA)- the Kohler Arts Center (WI)- and the National Gallery of Australia. He lives in upstate New York

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