Gorey's winners and losers

by Paul Burmeister

In a 1994 interview with Clifford Ross, illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000) picked winners and losers from the history of art and illustration.
Among the winners: Francis Bacon, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Francisco Goya, Albert York, Max Ernst, Edward Ardizzone, and Balthus.
Losers include Pablo Picasso ("And Picasso I detest more than I can tell you.") and Edouard Manet ("I'd like to think that it was Manet who really wrecked painting forever.")

Whether or not you like Gorey's body of work, the interview makes for an interesting read, in The World of Edward Gorey, Abrams, 2008.