Images of Moby Dick

Some are the famous Rockwell Kent illustrations (I have the copy of the book with those images in it – and more haunting images you will never see! He has created the looming leviathans of nightmares) … others are from other versions of the book … book covers, artist renditions, etc.

I love to see all of the different viewpoints of the artists. Everyone is trying to capture – or imagine themselves into – a single event. There’s something beautiful about that. (Reminds me of this post I did way back when.)

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7 Responses to Images of Moby Dick

  1. tracey says:

    Ooh, Sheila. These are all so great!

    I love the ghostliness of #2.

    The swiping tail in #4.

    The ones that just show an ominous restless sea.

    The shadowy-ness of the whale in #6 — the one that looks like a woodblock print.

    The falling men in #7.

    #8 is terrifying to me, frankly.

    But #9 scares me most of all — just the tail and Ahab’s head. It fills me with dread just looking at it.

    The movement in #18 — wow. I feel like I’m IN that one. I can FEEL it. The water, the whale, the cracking boat, all of it. Shiver.

    4th one from the bottom — he’s breathing the whale! Such a fierce image.

    These are wonderful — I’m so glad you posted them! I’m loving studying them. Except #9, which makes me want to die.

  2. tracey says:

    Okay. I want to — but can’t — stop looking at #9. I’m going to have nightmares about it. It’s just the implication of it all. The inevitability of doom that is so so creepy to me.

  3. red says:

    #9 is truly awful. I agree.

    There’s one Rockwell Kent image from my book that I can’t find online – and that is the whale coming up from the deep to the ship – the whole thing in profile – like the poster for Jaws. One of the scariest images he did!! But his other ones (the last one posted above) are still pretty damn great.

  4. red says:

    I think the worst part of it is how CALM the water is in that one. Like you would have no warning.

    *shivers*

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