It’s October, and Halloween just a few days away. Appropriately, Monique has some very creepy vintage art prints by Edmund Sullivan. A versatile artist born in 1869, E. J. Sullivan has a distinct knack for grotesque artwork.Rather than follow his father’s footsteps as a respected artist, Edmund focused on graphic design and, lucky for us, book illustration. With that early direction, I wouldn’t be talking about him now. :^)
Vintage Art Print – Angel of Death Skeleton by E J Sullivan
Much to my surprise, one of his illustrated books is The Compleat Angler. I say surprise, because I’ve owned this book… twice. The first time was a gift while I was sick in the hospital, and I deeply enjoyed it. It was damaged in a move, and later replaced. I’ve treasured it greatly over the years, not the least for it’s illustrations. Comes as a surprise to find a book I’ve enjoyed was drawn by one of Monique’s vintage artists.
This time around, she’s got original art from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. I won’t pretend to have read this one. It’s not exactly in my circle of beloved books. Took a look at Wiki, and apparently the book represents many things to many people, depending greatly on which translation you’re reading. The gist is that it’s a collection of persian poems by Omar Kayyam.
What I know is the art is appropriately ‘interesting’. Wiki calls the style “grotesque”, which makes sense, but going by the young folk these days, I think “Goth” might be a better description.It’s kind of cool how old vintage art is still relevant to modern (and younger) culture. Today, a winged skeleton ‘Angel of Death’ is just as likely to be seen on a t-shirt as in a book of vintage art. In this one, the Angel of Death is handing a woman an oversized mug filled to the brim and dripping. Given the context, it’s probably blood. And if she drinks from it? Death, I expect.I like that Death is sporting a Halo. To see a winged skeleton is rare enough, one with a halo is taking things ‘to the next level’.