- Hardcover: 127 pages
- Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc; First edition (April 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810939835
- ISBN-13: 978-0810939837
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zelda: An Illustrated Life: The Private World of Zelda Fitzgerald Hardcover – April 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
While Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald's work as a short-story writer, novelist (Save Me the Waltz) and dancer has been appreciated by biographers and feminist critics who rescued her from her famous husband's shadow, her painting is less well known. This remarkable album, which accompanies a touring exhibition, reproduces 80 of her paintings and includes family photos, drawings and memorabilia among its 140 illustrations (114 in color). Zelda's exuberant, fanciful cityscapes of New York and Paris in the 1940s radiate irresistible charm and energy. Her flower still lifes are jewels of organic unfolding, while her serene landscapes of North Carolina seem a respite from the mental illness that plagued her until her death at age 48 in a midnight fire in a North Carolina mental hospital in 1948. Also reproduced are her almost hallucinatory biblical allegories (she embraced born-again Christianity), her paper dolls and her wildly imaginative paintings based on fairy tales and Alice in Wonderland. Novelist/biographer Kurth portrays her marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald as one of mutual support along with alcoholic self-destructiveness. Art historian Livingston argues that Zelda's best painting belongs to a conservative, even anti-modernist tradition. Lanahan, Zelda's granddaughter, provides an affectionate introduction.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA?Both Eleanor Lanahan's brief introduction to her grandmother and the essays are made more intimate by the incorporation of the subject's voice (written and oral quotations). Livingston's essay, "On the Art of Zelda Fitzgerald," places her art in proper historical context. Pages upon pages of plates reproduce Zelda's work: illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, Grimm's fairy tales, and nursery rhymes; paper dolls, complete with costume changes, from "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three Musketeers," and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"; and a selection of her Biblical illustrations. Teens seeking material for a multimedia presentation on Zelda, the famous couple, or of the era will find both quotations and visuals here to bring their projects to life. YAs interested in the subject may find that this expanded presentation of Fitzgerald's gifts also expands their understanding of her.?Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Zelda's art is reflective of various styles, as the text acknowledges. Her undated work is hard to place because of this. Her work is reminiscent of Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keefe, and Miro in unison. It is also reflective of her life; Zelda painted gruesome dancers and mothers with children, and glorious cityscapes and flowers as well as strangely formed paper dolls and scenes from the Bible, fairy tales, and Alice and Wonderland.
It is too bad that much of Zelda's work does not survive due to being misplaced or destroyed both by Zelda and her family.
The writing analyzes Zelda's artwork quite well. There is text between the presentation of paintings, which seems awkward and yet well placed because the ending presents the painting that follow. The biography is objective and yet warm and biased as well as it was written by Zelda's grandchild.
Overall, this is a well made book that Zelda Fitzgerald fans must read.
There are three accompanying essays. The introduction is by Eleanor Lanahan, Zelda Fitzgerald's granddaughter, who gives an affectionate portrait---recalling how as a child, the walls of her home were festooned with her grandmother's paintings. Lanahan quotes from Zelda's writings, to show how Zelda may have had synaesthesia. For Zelda, words and sounds became saturated with color.
Peter Kurth, in the second essay, reflects on the turbulent relationship of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. In the third essay, Jane Livingston offers a critical analysis of Zelda's artworks.
Zelda Fitzgerald was regarded as a "natural" artist, or one who would today be defined as an "outsider artist". She was not formally trained, but she appreciated the artistic movements of her time and was influenced by notable artists and illustrators. As Jane Livingston notes, Zelda was compared to Charles Demuth (for her florals), Thomas Hart Benton (for some allegorical scenes), and Paul Cadmus (for her proportionally distorted figures). I think today she might also be compared to the outsider artist Henry Darger. because of her obsession with paper dolls and her elaborate fantasy compositions, which feature highly androgynous figures. Both she and Darger were influenced by early 20th century illustrators, and both created psychologically pregnant, colorful scenes dominated by curious depictions of innocence.
This book will surprise you with the depth of Zelda Fitzgerald's talent and vision. It is well worth seeking out.