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Le Vingtième Siècle by Albert Robida

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More 19th-century futurism from French illustrator and author Albert Robida. Le Vingtième Siècle was published in 1883, and is a far more comical look at life in the 20th century than La Vie Électrique, showing a future where most of the airships are shaped like enormous fish. This is a copiously illustrated volume of over 500 pages so the selection is again limited. These examples are taken from a copy at Gallica but some of the larger drawings can be seen in higher quality at this Flickr set.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
La Vie Électrique by Albert Robida
The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello
Technology, then and now

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by Stephen

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    John

    After seeing your last two entries about Albert Robida would I be tripping if I detected some influence on the animations of Hayao Miyazaki? Howl’s Moving Castle especially.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    I’d never considered that but it seems possible. The Japanese are very familiar with European illustrators and aren’t shy about incorporating influences. The only trouble with tracing a Robida influence is that his work is of an age it may have influenced one artist who then influences another, and so on down the years.

 


 

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