Exquisite Nonsense

While reading 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast, I came across a post about an Israeli artist, Gabriella Barouch, and her illustrations for a book of limericks by Edward Lear. (If you don’t already know, I’ve been working on illustrations for a version of The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear.)

Barouch ManWithA Beard

There was an Old Man with a beard, / Who said, ‘It is just as I feared! /
Two Owls and a Hen, / Four Larks and a Wren, /
Have all built their nests in my beard!’” —Edward Lear

I’m mesmerized by her style, which marries nonsense and scientific illustration with exquisite results. Apparently she is mesmerized by Edward Lear. Here is her portrait of him.

Barouch EdwardLearPortrait

What an excellent beard. No birds to be seen, but the portrait is complete with a crazed cat, which I assume was dreamed up by Barouch.

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