Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Exhibit: “French History Illustrated: The Action Images of Job”

The following post was prepared by Dr. William K. Finley, Special Collections Librarian.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives in Jackson Library is currently mounting a visiting exhibit of vibrant illustrations from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French books.  “French History Illustrated: The Action Images of Job” represents the breathtakingly colorful book and magazine images of Jacques Onfroy de Breville (1858-1931), who was known by the pseudonym of “Job.”  Included in the exhibit are numerous illustrations from French books and magazines, as well as toys (soldiers and farmyard scenes), commemorative plates and other artifacts designed by Job.  While Job’s illustrations were basically drawn for children, his images (especially those done in pochoir) will fascinate adults and children alike.

The exhibit will be open for viewing between February 4 and March 14 during Special Collections’ opening hours of 9-5, Mon-Fri.  On February 18, at 4:00 P. M. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, guest curator Robert Maloney will discuss and display the works of this fascinating artist.  This event is free and open to the public.   

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