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'Alaistair' Baron Hens Henning Voight 'Nude Study'

'Alaistair' Baron Hens Henning Voight 'Nude Study'

Code: 10533


'Alaistair' Baron Hans Henning Voight, German 1887-1969, Lithograph, beautifully framed.

His drawings, which are often decadent in spirit and have the look of Art Deco, are influenced somewhat by the drawings of the English artist Aubrey Beardsley, who illustrated works by Oscar Wilde, as Alastair would later do. His ‘serpentine line’ often depicts characters whose outlines are lightly drawn with the main areas filled in with ‘broken dotted lines’. His drawings were in black and white ink, sometimes with one colour added. Alastair's illustrations show a strong influence from the Decadent movement in art and poetry that had begun decades earlier, with the 'perverse and sinister' a recurring theme. Intricate decorative elements and fine detail are apparent in his works.

Alastair’s fame spread in 1920 with the publication of Wilde's The Sphinx, which contained ten full-page illustrations by him, ‘printed in black and turquoise’. Many of his drawings were inspired by the poems of Wilde, and in 1922 Alastair would illustrate a book of Wilde’s play Salome.

Other books containing Alastair's illustrations include:

* The Blind Bow-Boy (1923) by Carl Van Vechten,

* Fifty Drawings by Alastair (1925)

* Red Skeletons by Harry Crosby (1928) (published by the Black Sun Press)

* 'The Fall of the House of Usher' by Edgar Allan Poe (1928 edition, published by the Black Sun Press)

* Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos (1929)

* Manon Lescaut Translated From The French Of Abbe Prevost By D. C. Moylan With

* Eleven Illustrations By Alastair And An Introduction By Arthur Symons (1931) (Privately Printed For Rarity Press, New York)

In The Blind Bow-Boy Alastair depicted the ‘androgynous male’.

Alastair had at least one public exhibition of his works during his lifetime, at the Weyhe Gallery in New York in 1925. During the 1930s, he stopped drawing, only to resume in 1964.

Maker : Hans Henning Otto Harry Baron von Voigt
Condition : It is in excellent condition.
Origin : German, European
Manufacture Date : 1960s