One thing that is so brilliant about NYRB Classics is the wonderful cover images that make one stop and take second notice.When I first noticed NYRB Classics a year or two ago it was the cover art that caught my eye. I had never seen this imprint before and I might not have if not for the distinctive cover design. Something so wonderful, and comforting to the OCD in me, about the standard design template for these covers. (My plea now to NYRB is that they not alter their template…)
And lest some of you berate me for judging books by their covers, if it weren’t for those arresting covers I would never have picked up some really amazing books, some of which I will talk about later this week.
So, here are four great NYRB covers and the paintings from whence they came. NYRB also does some great photo images, but since this is Sunday Painting, I am limiting myself to that medium.
|Lander’s Peak, Rocky Mountains, 1863
Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902)
Fogg Museum, Harvard University
|Hands (Man in the World), 1925-26
Pavel Filonov (1883-1941)
The Russian Museum, St Petersburg
|High Steppers, 1938-9
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)
National Galleries of Scotland
|The Bend in the Road, 1902-1906
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
National Gallery of Art, Washington