Golden Age of Illustration. Edmund DulacOn December 9, 2016 by Yelena
Edmund Dulac is bringing us back to the glorious heritage of so-called Golden Age of Illustration (1880s – 1930)
He was one of the most memorable artists and was born in 1882, 15 year after another icon of that era illustrator Arthur Rackham.
He was born in Toulouse, France and was artistically inclined from very young age. However he shortly studied a law but later turned to the study of art the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
Many of his early pictures are watercolors, a medium he would favor through most of his life. He moved to London because of the publishing opportunities early in the 20th century and in 1905 received his first commission to illustrate the novels of the Bronte Sisters.He then became a regular contributor to The Pall Mall Magazine, and joined the London Sketch Club, which introduced him to the foremost magazine and book illustrators of the day. Through these he began an association with the Lester Galleries and Hodder & Stoughton.
The gallery commissioned illustrations from Dulac include Stories from the Arabian Nights (1907) with 50 color images; an edition of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1908) with 40 color illustrations; The Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam; The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales (1910); Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (1911); The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (1912); Princess Badoura (1913).
Dulac also designed postage stamps for Great Britain issued to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI that was issued on 13 May 1937, 1948 Summer Olympics and the Festival of Britain.
Edmund Dulac was one of the most influential and prolific figures in Golden Age of Illustration. His artworks for a memorable classics created totally believable and unique magical world. Pure delight of fairy tale enthusiasts and lovers of fine art.