London: G.G. Harrap & Co., 1911. Item #03378
One of Pogany's Quintet of Masterpieces
Limited to 525 Copies
POGANY, Willy (illustrator). Tannhauser. A Dramatic Poem by Richard Wagner Freely Translated in Poetic Narrative Form by T.W. Rolleston. Presented by Willy Pogany. London: G.G. Harrap & Co., n.d. .
Limited to 525 copies signed and numbered by the artist, this being copy no. 241. Quarto. Sixteen mounted color plates including frontispiece, many full page two-tone illustrations, each page beautifully decorated.
Full vellum, pictorially stamped in gilt. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. A fine copy with only a bit of light staining to spine. Housed in a blue cloth slipcase.
William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (born Vilmos Andreas Pogány) (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's and other books. Pogany's best known works consist of illustrations of classic myths and legends done in the Art Nouveau style. He also worked as an art director on several Hollywood films, including Fashions of 1934 and Dames.
The publication of Pogány's Tannhauser was the first act in his trilogy of masterworks focused on Wagner's Germanic tales, and one of the quintet that is considered his finest work. Pogány clearly approached the commission to improve and extend techniques that he had developed through his preceding work, particularly The Rubáiyat of Omar Khayyám, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Along with Tannhäuser, Parsifal, and Lohengrin these five books immortalized his career as an llustrator. That commitment to ongoing innovation resulted in an incredible suite of illustrations, including color lithographs, monotone and marginal illustrations and the delightful tipped-in color plates (produced in four-color process) included in Tannhauser. Themes of medieval chivalry, erotic love and moral tests are illustrated in a lavish fashion by Pogány with an outstanding use of iconography, form and colour.