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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption:

Artist:
Clarke, Harry
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Three colour process
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Title of Publication:
Faust
Publisher:
George G. Harrap and Co.
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1926
Note on artwork:
This is a detail from the double page inside cover for Goethe's Faust, translated from the German by John Anster and published by George C. Harrap and Company (London) in 1925.
Considered to be among Goethe’s greatest works, Faust narrates the story of a scholar who, to secure his wants and needs in this life, makes a pact with the devil, sacrificing his soul. In Clarke's image, the beguiling, yet sinister figure of Mephistopheles (the devil) is represented by a demonic creature that looks directly at the reader. The pervasive power of evil is symbolised by a sweeping, ragged, swatch of viridian green.
 
References:
Snoddy (2002) and DIB online


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