Bringing it all

by Paul Burmeister

This scan is from Conrad Richter's Over the Blue Mountain, 1967; the illustrator is Herbert Danska. There is much to enjoy in his art; this example has a thoroughly modern sensibility, even while it depicts a historical, naturalistic subject matter. At first glance, the composition is allover, or field,  built on a woven structure of horizontal bands and vertical stripes. Finally, the episode is revealed in the top middle where the heroes chat with the village baker. The viewer is invited to slow down and search the variety of marks and tones, and the invitation delivers a seemingly effortless play of textures and light.

Herbert Danska, from Richter's  Over the Blue Mountain,  1967.

Herbert Danska, from Richter's Over the Blue Mountain, 1967.