Magic Realism: A journey to another space

George Grosz, The Eclipse of the Sun,1926

I treated myself to something I've been wanting for a while now, a book about John Wilde's art called "Wildeworld." It's out of print and I had to go through a reseller on Amazon to get a used book, but I was really impressed with it. He's a master draftsman and a great artist in the magic realism vein.  I've been drawn to magic realism for years for some reason, probably because of the possibilities it holds to question and criticize the status quo--something I'm fond of doing, at least verbally.  This link explains the genre in relation to political statements, which isn't overt in Wilde's work, but is much more so in Grosz's work (above).   Wilde's paintings are finely done with beautiful detail and I've enjoyed looking at his drawings in silverpoint.  After a little research, I found this website that gives a little more info about the technique.

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