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|Author||William Shakespeare & Julien Delval|
|Number of pages||224|
The play is set in motion when Othello, a heroic black general in the service of Venice, appoints Cassio and not Iago as his chief lieutenant. Jealous of Othello’s success and envious of Cassio, Iago plots Othello’s downfall by falsely implicating Othello’s wife, Desdemona, and Cassio in a love affair. With the unwitting aid of Emilia, his wife, and the willing help of Roderigo, a fellow malcontent, Iago carries out his plan.
Read more on the play here.
A truly timeless classic from English literature, Othello has influenced many authors and artists throughout the years.
Amongst the most notable adaptations are the renowned opera by Verdi, still frequently played nowadays, as well as many movies, like the eponymous adaptation from Oliver Parker, Othello, starring Laurene Fishburn and Kenneth Branagh in 1995.
Authors such as Agatha Christie or Honoré de Balzac are known to have drawn inspiration from some of the play’s main characters, mainly the manipulative Iago. The very passionate and romantic atmosphere of the story makes it a perfect inspiration for painters as well, with its most famous representation being from Eugène Delacroix, who painted Othello et Desdémone between 1847 and 1849. Of course, as a painter, Julien couldn't miss this opportunity to illustrate his own vision of this story.
After the success of his Monograph, Julien Delval & Caurette Editions are delighted to present this new project, a magnificent illustrated version of Othello, one of William Shakespeare's most emblematic tragedies. Julien's talent combined to Franck Achard's graphic miracles have turned this project into a gorgeous book, which will be available in two languages and two versions, a standard one and a deluxe one!
And if you'd prefer the French version, it's over here.
After studying fine art, he began as an illustrator for role-playing company Multisim. One the most famous games he illustrated (among others) is the famous Ticket to Ride! After realizing numerous bookcovers for different publishing houses, he now mostly focus on more personal works, supported by the Galerie Maghen in Paris. The scenes he creates are taken from ancient worlds, mythology and fantasy settings inspired by classical painting and imagery of the 20th century.
"I have always been a fan of Shakespeare’s work, from open air recitals in the park in Cambridge to big screen adaptations and illustrated volumes by the greats Rackham and Dulac.
When I thought about which of this great author’s plays I would most like to illustrate, the tragedy of Othello immediately sprung to mind for its notoriety and timelessness. I also chose it for its fantastic setting: Venice, Cyprus, and the Mediterranean during the renaissance.
Of course, theatre is written to be performed and so what you see here is but a glimpse of the iconic scenes, settings and costumed characters of the play. I have taken a lot of inspiration from the opera backdrops of the 19th century, like those of Pierre-Luc-Charles Cicéri and Philippe Chaperon. I wanted to breathe a little of their distinct baroque style into the scenery and painting in order to reveal the internal conflict and fervour of the characters and thus what lies behind the text."
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