- Hardcover: 84 pages
- Publisher: Morpheus International; New edition edition (January 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962344729
- ISBN-13: 978-0962344725
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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H. R. Giger's Necronomicon Hardcover – January 1, 1993
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This book is not for the young or the easily disturbed. The world of Giger is quite intentionally the world of nightmares, with Freudian symbolism, decay, and perverse sexuality abounding. But there is also a beauty behind it all, in the metallic shine of his futuristic nymphs or the strange landscapes of endless babies' faces which make us realize the strangeness inherent in the everyday. Instead of using art to try and transcend reality, Giger pulls us down into the darkest parts of what we see around us, and refuses to let us go. In this way he shows us that perhaps that darkness is not so terrifying as it may seem, and he accustoms us to facing that in ourselves. Not only is such confrontation healthy, it may very well be essential, and Giger is a skilled tour guide when it comes to areas of the mind and psyche that not many artists have dared to explore.
The second Necronomicon volume is a worthy companion to this one, but if you must have only one Giger book this is the one I recommend. Use this book to take yourself into hell...and then realize that you can come back out again.
There is no way to get totally into the mind of the artist. The wealth of elements would require a psychoanalyst. For many of his works, the artist provides some commentary about his background, which gives you some idea of what influenced him. Further, some photos are included of his life, and these will also show the viewer what helped shape the ideas in his work.
Included are some of his more popular works, but you will not find the alien from the movie (although you will find sketches for House Harkonnen from Dune).
If you are a science fiction or horror fan who is thinking of learning more about art and the artist behind the work, then this would make a fine coffee table addition.
This book is based on H.P. Lovecraft's fictional creation the Necromicon, is still a collection of some of the most masterful artwork I have ever seen. Having toured museum's all around the U.S. and Europe, especially the Louvre, Muse de Orsay and Georges Pompidou, I am still impressed with the raw emotions the works in this book draw out of you. The ability of Giger to draw out such base emotional response is emblematic of his success. The ability to revolt and captivate, to revile and entrance the viewer is a sign of a great artist. I find this work to be at a peer level of M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali & Auguste Rodin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't know how big this was until it came in the mail; this is a must-have for every fan of Giger.Published on July 14, 2013 by A5E5E224S6A35SD15S5D5YUK
I was a little amazed by the size of the package I've received.
Then I've opened it, my eyes started to open bigger than ever. Read more
Love H.R.Giger's art! He is one of the best artists in the world of airbrush!
I'll buy more of his books
Not enough artwork
I was expecting more alien designs
Recommended to H.R. Giger Fans. You taste in art needs to be very particular for you to enjoy these artworks.