Eye on Alice: Down the Rabbit Hole, Pt. 2

This brings us to this month’s edition of Eye on Alice, a continuation of the ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ theme.  These are more modern illustrations for Alice’s encounter with the White Rabbit and her plummet down the rabbit hole.

Anne Bachelier is a contemporary surrealist painter and illustrator, and her work for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is, in my opinion, among her best, particularly her Mad Tea Party illustration, which will appear later on this blog:

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Anne Bachelier – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Cinzia Ratto - Alice in Wonderland - The White Rabbit

Cinzia Ratto – Alice in Wonderland – The White Rabbit

Cinzia Ratto - Alice in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Cinzia Ratto – Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Courtney Brims mostly illustrates women. I love her sense of design, and she has a very nicely designed website as well:

Courtney Brims - Alice in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Courtney Brims – Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

A more cartoonish version:

Ekaterina Shishlova - Down the Rabbit Hole

Ekaterina Shishlova – Down the Rabbit Hole

Fernando Falcone’s illustration is more of an Alice-inspired image than an actual image for the book. Still, I had to include it because I love how he made the White Rabbit tall and intimidating. Falcone is another one with a beautifully designed website:

Fernando Falcone - Mary Ann! (2005)

Fernando Falcone – Mary Ann! (2005)

Gennadi Kalinovski’s Alice is probably the earliest version in this post, but it has a contemporary feel to it:

Gennadi Kalinovski - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Gennadi Kalinovski – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Much of José Sanabria’s work has a pleasantly chaotic feel that is perfectly suited to children’s books:

José Sanabria - Alice in Wonderland - White Rabbit

José Sanabria – Alice in Wonderland – White Rabbit

Julia Gukova’s Deco-like Surrealism is a good match for the squares (cards, chessboard) that runs thematically through the Alice books:

Julia Gukova - Alice in Wonderland (1)

Julia Gukova – Alice in Wonderland (1)

Julia Gukova - Alice in Wonderland (2)

Julia Gukova – Alice in Wonderland (2)

Cinzia Ratto, illustrazioni (Official Site)

Courtney Brims – Brisbane Artist (Official Site)

Fernando Falcone (Official Site)

José Sanabria (Official Site)

JULIA GUKOVA (Official Site)

In next month’s Eye on Alice we’ll wrap up the White Rabbit/Rabbit Hole theme.

Eye on Alice: The Covers, Batch 2

For the third installment of ‘Eye on Alice,’ we continue our look at the covers for the book.  These are modern versions, and as you will see, they cut across the whole spectrum of artistic styles, from more traditional illustration to surrealism to modernism.

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Helen Oxenbury – The Complete Alice (cover)

Jill Patterson - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (cover)

Jill Patterson – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (cover)

Mario Jodra - Alicia en el pais de las maravillas (cover)

Mario Jodra – Alicia en el pais de las maravillas (cover)

Nancy Wiley - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (cover)

Nancy Wiley – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (cover)

Alain Gauthier - Alice au pays des merveilles (cover)

Alain Gauthier – Alice au pays des merveilles (cover)

Cinzia Ratto - Alice in Wonderland (cover)

Cinzia Ratto – Alice in Wonderland (cover)

Emanuele Luzzati - Alice nel paese delle meraviglie (cover)

Emanuele Luzzati – Alice nel paese delle meraviglie (cover)

Gennadi Kalinovski - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (cover)

Gennadi Kalinovski – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (cover)

This looks more like bookmark than a cover:

Giovanni Robustelli - Alice in Wonderland

Giovanni Robustelli – Alice in Wonderland

Two different versions of the cover by Julia Gukova:

Julia Gukova - Alice in Wonderland (cover) (1)

Julia Gukova – Alice in Wonderland (cover) (1)

Julia Gukova - Alice im Wunderland (cover) (2)

Julia Gukova – Alice im Wunderland (cover) (2)

Rico Lins - Alice au pays des merveilles (cover)

Rico Lins – Alice au pays des merveilles (cover)

Vladislav Erko - Alice in Wonderland (cover)

Vladislav Erko – Alice in Wonderland (cover)

Wikipedia: Helen Oxenbury

Mario Jodra – Portfolio (official)

Nancy Wiley Studio & Gallery (official)

Cinzia Ratto, illustrazioni (official)

Wikipedia: Emanuele Luzzati

Giovanni Robustelli (official)

Julia Gukova (official)

Rico Lins Studio (official)

The Accidental Russophile: The Art of Vladislav Erko

Trendland: Vladislav Erko’s Playing Cards (Erko is a unique and amazing artist–I love these cards!)

Comments:

From aliceflynn on May 3, 2011

Very interesting post. As an Alice, I’ve always had an interest in these works, and especially as an illustrator, I am happy to see your collection of so many different interpretations. Alice in Wonderland, for me, seemed like a disturbing work of nightmare, of migraine hallucination, not a child’s innocent dream. Some of these illustrations have captured that disturbing edge.     Alice Flynn

From pipstarr72 on May 3, 2011

‘Alice’ is a mixed bag and people come away with a lot of different experiences from it. I think what makes it brilliant, aside from the sheer audacity of the imagination that went into it and the fact that it broke new ground for children’s literature by having no moral, is the fact that Carroll really captured the surrealistic, at times overwhelming, quality of being a child in an adult world. From the child’s eyes so many aspects of adult culture are strange, ridiculous, violent. If one never entirely relinquishes that child-like perspective, then it’s easy to see exactly how right children are. Carroll, I think, more than any other children’s author of the time, had that child-like perspective. He was appalled at what he saw around him, at how the culture treated children as little more than nuisances and little bundles of chaos that had to be violently shaped into perfect little Victorian ladies and gentleman. In some ways ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is the first real indictment of child abuse, and the disturbing qualities it has mirror the abusive Victorian culture Carroll observed around him. I recommend ‘Lewis Carroll: A Biography’ by Morton Cohen; if you ever get the chance it’s well worth a read.