Yan Nascimbene

France / Italy / 1949 - 2013 / altpick.com / itsnicethat.com / brainpickings.org / lookslikegooddesign.com
"Half-French and half-Italian, Nascimbene ... has published over 50 books, some of which he wrote, and created over 300 book covers. His work is shown regularly in France, Italy, Japan and the United States.... recipient of many awards, including the Society of Illustrators' Silver Medal which he won twice and the Bologna International Book Fair Graphic Award which he... http://altpick.com/yannascimbene

"Yan Nascimbene was raised in France and Italy. After working as a photographer in a Paris fashion studio, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. He later spent many years living variously in California, France, and Italy. His illustrated edition of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. Antibes, Clarievere et Autres Couleurs, his first book as author and illustrator, won the Graphic Award at the Bologna Book Fair in 1992. Yan illustrated Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Palomar, The Baron in the Trees and others. Nascimbene has illustrated over 50 books and 300 book covers. He passed away in Mexico on Feb 1st 2013." (http://illustrationfriday.com/2013/04/artist-yan-nascimbene/)

The late French/Italian artist and writer produced over 60 illustrated books and over 300 book covers. His details are exquisite and his smooth, rich washes are gorgeous. But it is the space in Nascimbene’s work that really makes the viewer draw breath.

Huge skies, clear seas and snowy mountains make up Nascimbene’s terrain. There may be a tiny figure housed somewhere in the expanse; a baron swinging through the lush leaves, a horseman riding under enormous trees or a bright figure traipsing across a desert. He appears able to convey every conceivable kind of natural light. The influence of Japanese woodcuts is clear, but so too is classic children’s book illustrations. Fittingly for an illustrator of so many stories, each drawing of Nascimbene’s seems to hold its own narrative within. (http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/yan-nascimbene)
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Suzan Hamer


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