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Out Of My Head - The Imaginary Creatures of Josep Baque

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  • 2023

  • Engelsk

Part Medieval-style bestiary, part natural history treatise, this remarkable body of work by Josep Baque came to the public''s attention only in 2011. With this book, author Brian Chidester has penned the first-ever critical biography of this enigmatic creator and of his strange, whimsical creation. Threading 20th century art history, Spain''s fascist era, and what record there is of Baque''s personal life, Chidester presents a full picture of one of the most fascinating ''outsider art'' careers of the 20th century. Grouped into nine distinct taxonomies - wild beasts, primitive men, bats, insects, giant spiders, snakes, cephalopods, crustaceans, birds, and fish - each creature is placed against a blank white backdrop and surrounded by a pencil-drawn square box. Despite setting up his creatures as species classifications instead of individual characters, the artist imbued each with an individualistic personality and self-awareness. They often gaze outward, perform as if on display, and even

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