Roy G. Krenkel - "the Fall Of Atlantis" - Original Pen Illustration Artwork
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Roy G. Krenkel - "the Fall Of Atlantis" - Original Pen Illustration Artwork:
"The Fall of Atlantis"- An original drawing by Roy G. Krenkel-initialed
and fully hand titled by the artist in ballpoint pen, 8.5 x 11 inch piece of
thin creme paper.(executed sometime in the 1970s)
Most people and certainly those steeped in fantasy literature and tales of
the lost cities of yorehave heard of Atlantis.If not just Google Wikapedia
and you'll find pages and pages of background material on the doomed
subcontinent.You can read all about it there and maybe it will lure you to read
some of the great books dealing with the subject both fact and fiction. You
would be wise to do that. But what we are dealing with here is not an historical
treatise but a work of art capturing the spirit of the fall of Atlantis. Many
artists have sought to do just that foremost amongst them late 19th century
artists like Leon Bakst whose huge painting of the terrible earthquake that sunk
the city state remains one of that artist's most haunting journeys into the
In the mid 1960s and up until his passing in 1983 the artist Roy G. Krenkel became fascinated with the legend of Atlantis and produced numerous sketches, some finished drawings and at least two oil paintings on the subject. It is possible he meant to eventually have them published as a set and he kept them aside for that very purpose. Unfortunately the set was broken up with several major items sold at Sotheby's back in the early 1980s. It is something I have regretted doing for years but we needed to raise money at the timeand these were very sellable items. The rest for the most part were kept together for upwards of 30 years by the estate of the artist. Recently (within the last 5 years or so) a few additional sketches have been released for sale none more wonderful than the present one. For here the artist has captured for posterity in all its tragedy and epic grandeur,(if such a word can be applied to a cataclysmic event in which so many lives were apparently lost) the fall of the doomed city state by focusing not as Bakst did on an aerial view of the tragedy as lightning and epic floods travel furiously across a landscape sheared off the face of the earth, but on the grief of one woman, nobly born whose silent scream over the loss of what appears to be her two of her sons is heart rendering. It is a pieta like subject by one of illustration's immortals and it is a picture if I am any judge of excellence both the buyer and those who have a chance to view the original will contemplate for years to come.For great art be it illustration or subjects created by an artist for display in a gallery must work on four levels - the perfect storm of picture making. These are design, execution, color (if there is any) and concept.Here if we account for the absence of color as unnecessary is a text book case of the last three. As Roy once said about Robert E. Howard's prosein his famous introduction to Sowers of the Thunder, one might say slightly paraphrased about the Fall of Atlantis" You will not just gaze upon this work, you will experience it".
Lovers of Krenkel's work and all lovers of fantastic illustration will be happy to know that publication of volume three of the RGK sketchbook series which has seen two prior volumes published over a period of 15 or so years Cities and Scenes of the Ancient World (Owlswick Press 1972)and Swordsmen and Saurians( Eclipse Books 1989) can expect to finally see Sirens and Sibyls-The Women of Roy G. Krenkel in bookstores in late summer of 2013. It will contain over 175 pages of sketches, finished drawings and illustrations spanning the artist's 50 year career. Those seeking further information on the book can contact David Spurlock at Vanguard Shipping is $10 for USPS Priority mail for the USA or less, $20 or less for Canada and $30 or less for the rest of Europe.We always combine shipping! Please check out my recently updated website,my other sales now listed.Thank youfor looking!