There have been many “Alice” theme art exhibits over the years which yielded magical and fantastic art. Something about this book inspires many artists to outdo themselves in creating beautiful imagery. Is it the imaginative plot we all remember from our childhoods? The drug references? Or the wonderful, pen and ink illustrations by John Tenniel? I think it may be a combination of the three, regardless – “Alice” continues to tweak and peak our interests.
Much adapted and re-illustrated over the years, the original book has never even been out of print. The author - Lewis Carroll, is actually a pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. This pseudonym was a play on his real name; Lewis was the anglicised form of Ludovicus, which was the Latin for Lutwidge, and Carroll an Irish surname similar to the Latin name Carolus, from which the name Charles comes. A king of the genre of literary nonsense, Charles was also a mathematician, logician, deacon and a very accomplished photographer. It is believed that “Alice” is based on a friend’s daughter. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published in 1865 to overwhelming commercial success.
Hand picked for you- the best of what I found- in a few too many hours.
Whew! Had to cut myself off there… way too much good stuff! Think maybe this warrants more than one blog. Will follow up tomorrow featuring one of my favorite artists of all time. For now tho, that’s all folks…
But wait, there’s more! While trolling the web I came across some great sites that followed the same wonderland vein. Have listed a few for you, go ahead, lose a few more hours….