Paul was a gilder, 2011 Alexander Massouras
Illustration from The Gilderbook, one of Three Moderately Cautionary Tales, published by Julian Page, 2011.
Limited Edition of 60
Three Moderately Cautionary Tales
Three Moderately Cautionary Tales is a series of fifty hard-ground etchings in three cycles: each cycle loosely follows the narrative arc of an epiphany. The Gilderbook narrates the protagonists' unrelenting pursuit of beauty. The etchings trace his obsession with gilding and its effect on his world, and the progressive incorporation of gold leaf within the etchings formally mirrors the encroachment they narrate; the narrative bleeds into the form. Hieronymus the Lion Tamer is about the hope of transformation. The hero’s attempts to escape from a vocational malaise lead to the surrender of a talent and the pursuit of a new one. The talents are opposites but a similarity—through the historical association between the lion and the bee—lingers. Alfred’s Library describes an over-zealous pursuit of knowledge which turns out to be fragile; Alfred’s solace is found in rest.
Size: 15 x 10 cm