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The art of Mario Laboccetta

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Tales of Hoffmann (1932).

Another great illustrator about whom information is scant; I need better reference books, the web is often no use at all. Monsieur Thombeau posted the cover to Laboccetta’s edition of Les Fleurs du Mal (below) which had me looking around for other work by the artist. VTS has pages from a 1932 edition of Tales of Hoffmann while more of the Baudelaire pictures can be found on various bookdealers’ sites. As to the artist, we’re told he was an Italian living in Paris, and this French site has a small list of his illustrated editions. It’s frustrating to see that Les Paradis Artificiels is among these; what did he make of Baudelaire’s opium visions?

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Tales of Hoffmann (1932).

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Tales of Hoffmann (1932).

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Tales of Hoffmann (1932).

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Tales of Hoffmann (1932).

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Tales of Hoffmann (1932).

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Les Fleurs du Mal (1933).

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Les Fleurs du Mal (1933).

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Les Fleurs du Mal (1933).

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Les Fleurs du Mal (1933).

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Les Fleurs du Mal (1933).

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Poster design (1948).

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The Tale of Giulietta
Carlos Schwabe’s Fleurs du Mal

 


 

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10 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

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    John, what an absolutely fantastic post!! I will definitely be referring back to it. Such wonderful illustrations!

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Aren’t they great? A shame there isn’t more of his work around. Another good Thombeau find, thanks!

  3. #3 posted by Thombeau

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    Thank YOU, ’cause I’ll definitely be posting some of these pictures!

  4. #4 posted by Nick Hydra

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    Nothing to do withanything, but I thought you might like these pictures by Arne Bendik Sjur:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=31766&id=100001501388167&l=2e5189c1cf

    http://www.davidsongalleries.com/artists/sjur/sjur.php

    Shamelessly living up to the cliche of the doomy scandanavian…

  5. #5 posted by Dave C

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  6. #6 posted by Wiley

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    The style itself is very similar to that of Rosaleen Norton, though Labocetta seems more developed and in control. The other and more prominent difference being Laboccetta seems more explicitly decadent from what I’ve seen here, and Norton lay firmly within what would be called occult.

  7. #7 posted by Will Schofield

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    Love it John, thanks.

    Last night I loaded onto the new site Richard Sica’s scans of a ’35 edition of Baudelaire:
    http://50watts.com/#1152977/Les-Fleurs-du-Skull

  8. #8 posted by John

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    Thanks, Will, interesting as always comparing different interpretations.

  9. #9 posted by Melissa

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    Any idea if his illustrations (or if the book Tales of Hoffman) are in the public domain?

  10. #10 posted by John

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    Hi Melissa. The book dates from 1932 so may well be out of copyright in most countries by now. But I’ve no idea when Labocetta died so wouldn’t know whether his artwork generally is copyright-free. Matters aren’t helped by the way there’s little detailed information about him anywhere.

 


 

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