Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jean Baptiste Monge: Fae on Unusual Steeds

I just discovered the art of Jean Baptiste Monge. He paints the most enchanting scenes of elves and gnomes on steeds of birds or small animals. I love his technique and composition. His style reminds me a bit of Arthur Rackham, though what illustrator of fae hasn't been influenced by Arthur Rackham.

Jean Baptiste Monge

I think the tree in this one is extremely well done. For whatever reason, trees such as this one instantly call to mind spooks and goblins, and Monge has done an excellent job of obscuring it with mist. The bent form of the woman echoes that of the tree. I wonder what she could have in that cage; perhaps some maiden or child who wasn't wary enough to escape her.
Jean Baptiste Monge

You can see more of his art at http://www.jbmonge.com/ .

4 comments:

  1. Hello Grace...oh my what a beautiful Blog you have...I am just enchanted!!! Thank you for coming to visit...no I don't cook fast....the magazine only comes out every 2nd month and I am waaaay behind as the latest one is out and I haven't even looked at it yet...Going to have a look around now... xo

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you like it. :D

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  2. His paintings are very much like cross point kits from Nimue!
    Do you stitch? I like it very much, but is increasingly less time for that!
    Have a nive evening!

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    1. I do some embroidery and cross stitch, but not very often anymore because I have so many other things to do. I love to knit and crochet lace though.

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