Art of the Day
Design for the poster and cover for The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
(French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris)
Author: Written by Edgar Allan Poe (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1809–1849 Baltimore, Maryland)
Translator: Translated by Stéphane Mallarmé (French, 1842–1898)
Medium: Transfer lithograph on simili-parchment
Dimensions: sheet: 12 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (32.4 x 28.6 cm) (irregular)
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Accession Number: 24.30.27(6)
Photo via the Met.
Published in 1845 by Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven was more than rhymed stanza or macabre form by the writer and poet. How else could one be upon the brink of madness of love and repeat "nevermore" with such finality? This beautiful work of art was found via The Met, which has a great story. A lithograph, or print was made by the now famous Manet for the French translation of Poe's Raven, by Stéphane Mallarmé in 1875. Included were a series of such illustrations for this edition, all quite beautiful, dark, yet seeking the allegorical delight to one of the best known poems of all time. Know French? Read the translation here and see all Manet's lithographs. English version here online or download on your favorite ereader.