Galerie Saint Georges

Tableaux, dessins et objets d'art

Ronald Searle (1920 - 2011)

Dessinateur et illustrateur britannique

Dessin pour The diverting history of John Gilpin

VENDU

Plume, encre et lavis brun sur mise en place au crayon

Vers 1950

20 x 25 cm



Ce dessin est une étude pour l'un des court-métrages animés de la série Painter & Poet, produits par Halas & Bachelor et diffusés au Festival of Britain en 1951. Painter & Poet réunissait des artistes britaniques de renom comme Mervyn Peake (l'auteur de Gormenghast), Henry Moore, Michael Rothenstein ou Ronald Searle. Ceux-ci choisissaient d'illustrer leur poème favori, ici The Diverting History of John Gilpin (1782) par William Cowper. Les dessins de Ronald Searle pour John Gilpin furent ensuite publiés par King Penguin Books en 1953. 
 
'. . . As previously mentioned, the main attraction at the Telekinema was the showcasing of new cinematic The Painter and Poet series of four black and white art films, each under ten minutes long was produced by the British animators John Halas and Joy Batchelor. Artists including Mervyn Peake, Henry Moore and Ronald Searle created visual impressions of eight poems, narrated by such luminaries of the acting profession as Michael Redgrave, John Laurie, Eric Portman and Stanley Holloway. It was recognised that the films were ‘agreeable and enterprising [and that] they illustrate some of the possibilities of the technique even if, occasionally, they fail to realise them’. The most liked was Ronald 
Searle’s interpretation of the William Cowper poem The Story of John Gilpin. One critic referred to Searle’s drawing as ‘so dynamic, it is difficult to realise that no picture on the screen is moving’.
 
Source: 
http://ronaldsearle.blogspot.fr/2009/04/festival-of-britain.html