Saturday, February 20, 2016

Day #10 - Art for Lent: Robert Crumb's "The Book of Genesis" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
Chapter 1, page 1, "The Book of Genesis" (2009) illustrated by Robert Crumb | USA. Pen and ink on paper (14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
Given his history of subversive, often sexually explicit comics, many people expected [Robert] Crumb to produce a more scandalous work. 'I did try to be respectful,' he commented, 'I decided not to make fun of the text, not to put any kind of jokey stuff in here. I was tempted a few times. But I whited it out later because it distracts from the text. The text itself is co compelling that merely illustrating it is enough.' [page 32]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."