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Book Illustration

1978 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Butterfly Collector, published in 1978, falls into Fulvio Testa's early career as a children's book illustrator. The vivid colour in this watercolour landscape scene is typical of his style. Testa enjoys using watercolour because of its unpredictable qualities and the blotches and run-ins add character to his work. He began his career as a children's book illustrator in 1971 but he is now known as a landscape artist, generally of abstract mountain scenes. He pays great attention to his materials, using the finest hand-made paper which adds to the textural quality of his work.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper, mounted on card
Brief Description
Book illustration to The Butterfly Collector, drawing of man chasing butterflies up a mountain, by Fulvio Testa in pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 1978.
Physical Description
Illustration depicts a man with a net and wearing mountaineering clothes and rucksack chasing butterflies up a mountain. Eyes peep out from a cave in the mountainside. Another creature with striped tail hides behind the peak.
Dimensions
  • Height: 21.5cm
  • Width: 51.9cm
Subjects depicted
Summary
The Butterfly Collector, published in 1978, falls into Fulvio Testa's early career as a children's book illustrator. The vivid colour in this watercolour landscape scene is typical of his style. Testa enjoys using watercolour because of its unpredictable qualities and the blotches and run-ins add character to his work. He began his career as a children's book illustrator in 1971 but he is now known as a landscape artist, generally of abstract mountain scenes. He pays great attention to his materials, using the finest hand-made paper which adds to the textural quality of his work.
Bibliographic Reference
Testa, Fulvio & Lewis, Naomi. The Butterfly Collector. London, Andersen Press, 1978.
Collection
Accession Number
E.289-1982

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