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Rackham uses a limited palette of browns and yellows (with the occasional and rather shocking appearance of a blue or a coral) to create a series of incredibly lush, mysterious, and often intensely romantic illustrations for this over the top epic. color me surprised!
Gorgeous artwork and a really good story.I listened to Wagner while reading it.
Rackham and Wagner - two of my biggest inspirations and influences combined. I've loved Rackham's drawing style since I was a kid (I know it doesn't show, to those used only to seeing my adult illustrations) but this gorgrous title sits on my 'special shelf' beside the computer for constant reference. My only criticism is that the book's paperback construction probably won't stand up to my personal demands, and if I can find a hardback edition somewhere for a sane price I'll probably invest in t...
Arthur Rackham is among the greatest illustrators of what has come to be called 'fantasy' literature. His renderings of scenes from Dickens, Barrie, Grahame, and even Shakespeare are often flawless and many have ultimately proved definitive.Here he tackles the daunting scope of Richard Wagner's vast operatic cycle DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, and he is so successful that his images have become the model for most of its traditional stage design ever since they were exhibited in 1912 at the Societe Na...
A haunting and ethereal collection. Rackham masterfully evokes the cold "northernness" of Wagner's operatic Norse mythology.
This gorgeous collection of illustrations by Arthur Rackham depict major events from Wagner's cycle of operas, Der Ring des Nibelungen. The large format pictures are very well recreated and capture the evocative and fanciful brilliance of Rackham.
This lovely book has beautiful images, and the captions summarize the story. I'd love it if these were released for more of the old, out-of-print books that were published by Rackham.
These are the illustrations for the operas in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle. They are hauntingly creepy in Arthur Rackham's signature style.
Dreamy, moody watercolor illustrations.
Excellent illustrations, though the muted palette comes across as muddy at times, and almost every female character is depicted with a breast gratuitously uncovered at some point. The text beneath each illustration is helpful for anyone unfamiliar with the story of the Ring Cycle.
When I read Norse Mythology in 2010, the predicaments of protagonists always haunted me. Compared with Greek Myth, there was too much lamentation in every plot, especially in the advent of Ragnarok. Later I came across this printed book in Shanghai Book Fair, reflecting the memory of "Rhinegold". The sad love story broke my heart thrice.
Most of Rackham's fairytale drawings have a quiet intensity, due to his somber palettes and twisting lines, but none so intense as his interpretations of Wagner's Ring trilogy. His style perfectly conveys the Nordic and Germanic themes of the story and gives the cast of characters a quite fitting loft heroic style that is reminiscent of the Operatic stage and the mythic sagas. Most wonderfully represented, in my opinion, are the mysterious Rhinemaidens, whose task it is to safeguard the Rhinegol...
This is a wonderful set of visualizations of narrative events from Wagner's Ring Cycle. Arthur Rackham was a major talent in the field of graphic arts, and his style lends itself naturally to the mythical world of The Ring. Each color plate is accompanied by brief text setting the image within the overall plot of Wagner's epic, and even those new to the subject matter will be able to understand the story with this great combination of images and text.
Magnificent paintings of scenes from Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen.
Can I just plagiarize C.S. Lewis? He said it perfectly!
I either love or hate Wagner on any given day, but this is hands down the best experience I've run into for the ring cycle - lovely art, and no screaming.