This is Edward Poynter’s Faithful unto death (1865, Oil on canvas, 61″ x 29 3/4″), a piece of art that is not only is a strong image, but shows an accurate and interesting historical uniqueness.
Many of Poynter’s works are historical, and this was one of his very first ones. The scene has been said to be based on Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s book The Last Days of Pompeii, which was a very influential book in the Victorian age. On top of that, the Pompeii site was a fairly recent find, and one that was very interesting to the times.… Read the rest
Last year sometime (maybe even the year before, the last few have been a blur) I picked up a fantastic oversized book called Pulp Art ($12.95 no less!). The image above is from the book, it’s a cover of Spicy Mystery Stories Magazine (oil?, 1936) by pulp artist H.J. Ward.
This pulp image in many ways seems like alot of the others that existed at the time. A dark villain, a dastardly deed, a gorgeous woman in peril, all the makings of the pulp art of the 20th century. But this one for me stands out, and there’s alot of things that point to a more thought out approach to art that Ward used.… Read the rest