Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Expressionist dogs and Secessionist tigers

Maurizio A. C. Quarello (possibly relative of W. A. Tercolor) is a very talented, imaginative and prolific Italian book illustrator. In the past five years, this young artist has illustrated 25 remarkable titles for children, winning many prizes in Italy and abroad. Taccuino di un animalista was first published in 2008 by the Spanish OQO Editora. In a similar vein to Svjetlan Junaković 's Great book of animal portraits, Quarello has fun with some very iconic works of art of the past three centuries, substituting their human subjects with a zoological assortment that includes, among others, Matisse's Dancing Parrots, Hopper's Nightfish, and Magritte's Ceci n'est pas un escargot. Beautifully executed, witty, educational, and definitely recommended to all lovers of animals and art.

On Quarello's website I have seen some previews of his latest creations, and they look fantastic...
His past work includes gems like the amazingly refined, sweet and humorous Toni Mannaro Jazz Band. Another amazing thing: you can freely download a low-res pdf of the whole book directly from orecchio acerbo's website... in fact, all of their remarkable editorial production is available for download. It's so easy to love such a self-confident publisher!


  1. Thank you, I always learn something new over here :) Love the Tigers, being a Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka addict...

  2. Wonderful pictures! Best regards from Vienna &, tina

  3. Yes wow, Quarello is quite talented indeed. These works are exquisite! The tigers are fantastic... and the american gothic... and the jazz band work... all of it! Super great post and links, Laura!

  4. Wow, this is really quirky. But interesting.



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