Fuseli – The Wild Swiss
This lavishly illustrated volume examines the complete oeuvre of Henry Fuseli, who was famous for his romantic illustrations of the works of William Shakespeare and John Milton.
- Out of Print
1st edition, 2005
272 pages, 185 color and 29 b/w illustrations
22 x 27 cm
In cooperation with Kunsthaus Zürich
In England, Henry Fuseli (1741–1825) was known as the “Wild Swiss”, but he was nevertheless seen as a very British artist, famous for his illustrations of the works of William Shakespeare and John Milton.
Fuseli—The Wild Swiss explores the work of this romantic artist from the perspective of his Swiss countrymen. This lavishly illustrated collection examines Fuseli’s most famous paintings, populated by elemental spirits, goblins, and other deliciously strange creatures, as well as the artist’s early sketches, his monumental historical paintings, and his rarely seen erotic drawings. Accompanying the illustrations are biographical and critical essays that trace Fuseli’s own evolution—from his forced emigration from Switzerland at twenty-five, after publishing a volatile pamphlet against a local magistrate, to his later activities as a member of the British Royal Academy of Arts.
Fuseli—The Wild Swiss is the most comprehensive volume ever published on this master of the fantastic and will appeal to anyone interested in neoclassical British art.