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In the process of reading Ogée & Meslay’s introduction to the Tate Britain Hogarth exhibition catalogue last night, my tired eyes leapt into life at the sight of this passage, which provoked some connections with Daniel Raeburn’s commentary on Chris Ware.
[A Rake’s Progress and The Four Times of Day] confirmed his increasing mastey of the series as a pictorial format: in both cases meaning and narrative are generated not only by a highly innovative manipulation of figures, architecture and space within individual paintings and engravings; but also by the subtle pictorial relationships that he sets up between the different images that make up each series.
Frédéric Ogée & Olivier Meslay , Hogarth
London: Tate, 2006, p. 16
As usual, it was the occurence of the word architecture in a non-architectural text that caught my eye. On re-reading it, however, it seems there is a strong precedent for Ware’s skills as a sequential artist in William Hogarth. A similar appreciation of both micro scale of a single panel and the macro scale of the whole assemblage is undeniable both in Ware’s cartoons and Hogarth’s morality sequences.
Marriage a la Mode: The Tete a Tete c1743
The National Gallery, London
This exhibition is open daily at Tate Britain, London until 29 April. I dropped by on Sunday morning en route to the Eurostar. I’m still ruminating, and will post some observations and thoughts soon.