Vanity (from The Seven Deadly Sins) by James Todd

Vanity (from The Seven Deadly Sins) by James Todd

Vanity (from The Seven Deadly Sins)

James Todd

Title

Vanity (from The Seven Deadly Sins)

 
Artist

James Todd

  1937 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2010  
Technique
woodcut 
Image Size
15 15/16 x 18 7/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 15  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
soft cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
JATO116 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

James Todd's woodcut series meditating on the Seven Deadly Sins draws from satirical political cartoonists and illustrators of time immemorial. Aspects of Jose Posada, Daumier, and even the more somber Goya crop up in between the fine lines of his compositions.

In his woodcut "Vanity," the folly of politicians and their egoistic endeavors is illuminated by the artist's keen eye and sharp chisel. They are draped in the unwavering banner of performative patriotism (success), and hounded by symbolic death (failure). Death itself stands proudly alongside its clueless prey, saluting the American flag with the flair of any Vaudevillian performer. What "Vanity" lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in humor.

 
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