Monday, October 22, 2012
DRAWING ON THE PAST: In Homage to Oscar Wilde
In honor of Oscar's natal anniversary I offer up a variety of illustrations from his brilliant tale of terror and crime.
We start with the thoroughly aged and corrupted portrait as revealed in the final scenes from the 1945 movie adaptation starring Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders and Angela Lansbury. I believe this color photo was taken as a screen capture from the extras available on the DVD. The film itself is in black and white and yet I found several color photos of Hatfield's portrait both before and after the transformation.
Next, a young illustrator and art student who goes by the web name of "spyders". This brilliantly realized version was found at the website DeviantArt.
This one is by artist Stephen Alcorn as part of a series of relief block prints interpreting literary characters.
The Dell paperback version from the 1950s. The artist got it completely backwards here. Strange.
Another cartoon interpretation. I was unable to identify the artist or its source.
From a graphic novel version of the book as retold and illustrated by Ian Edgington and Ian Culbard:
Artist Dan Hipp's idea for a cover on a non-existent edition of Wilde's novel.
And finally...a publicity still from one of the most infamous (and horrible) movie versions. An utterly wrong adaptation of the tale set in mod 1970 starring Helmut Berger and including various absurd sex scenes and lots of nudity. I like to think that Oscar would most likely have found this movie version hysterically funny.