Barry Moser is a renowned artist, most famous as a printmaker and illustrator of numerous works of literature. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Moser studied at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and did post-graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Some of his most celebrated work has been his illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, each of which consisted of more than a hundred prints, and the former of which won him American Book Award for design and illustration in 1982. He has illustrated nearly 200 other works as well, including The Bible. He currently serves on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design and Smith College. His works have been displayed in such places as the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, Harvard, and the Library of Congress.
This deluxe portfolio is composed of forty-eight signed and numbered wood engravings by Moser plus a copy of Master Richard's Bestiary of Love and Response, illustrated by Moser's Bestiaire d'Amour series. Book and suite of prints are housed in a handmade linen clamshell box. Please note, not all forty-eight engravings are pictured here.
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches (boxed) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1940 Date finished: 1985 Edition: 179/200 Publisher: Pennyroyal Press
Series: The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (image), 14 3/4 x 10 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1940 Date finished: 1999 Edition: AP
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 8 x 11 inches (image), 12 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1940 Date finished: 2003 Edition: of 50
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "One of my favorite wood engravings comes from the master himself, Barry Moser. This piece is a bit unusual for its use of colored paper, but is also a classic representation of Moser's impossibly fine lines. The blue paper compliments the animal's light eyes and surrounding darkness. I once read an interview where Moser talked about his love of opposites and how he uses them in work, like serious vs. comedic, expected vs. unexpected, complex vs. simple etc. This piece holds many opposites like the technical skill and traditional stylings compared to the often ignoble cow. I love how this cow gets a royal treatment only Barry Moser could give, complete with a laurel wreath and the title The Old Gentleman."
Series: The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (image), 14 3/4 x 10 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1940 Date finished: 1999 Edition: AP