Here is a stereoscope I’ve had in my possession for over 10 years. On the right is an illustration by Maurice Sendak (1928-2012). It is one of Sendak’s illustrations for Herman Melville’s PIERRE. Under the image is a caption that reads, “an unbidden, most miserable presentiment.” On the left is a doodle from a private letter by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) an artist to whom William Blake admitted a debt. In the Tate Gallery’s catalog of Fuseli’s work this drawing is titled “Caricature of the Artist Leaving Italy.” The naming of Sendak as the “Shtetl Blake” I take from Margalit Fox in her obituary of Sendak in today’s New York Times.
One of my absolute favorite collages from one of the world’s premiere collage artists, (I will not say THE premiere collage artist, though she is certainly MY world’s premiere collage artist) Maya Poran. Her web site I’ve been assured is coming soon.
I also know the story behind this particular collage. A dear friend visiting in an effort to raise her spirits uncharacteristically told a joke:
“What did the snail riding on the turtle’s back say?”
I don’t know, what did it say?
Dr. Poran was so charmed by this effort that she immediately constructed this collage in thanks.
Art directors and publishers of children’s picture books take note: This is certainly the most dazzling thing you are ever going to stumble across.