Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre stories and poems of terror and mystery have long resonated with artists and he has come to be one of the most widely illustrated authors in the world. This exhibition will examine this phenomenon by looking at the work of over thirty artists, including Poe’s earliest illustrator, F. O. C. Darley, who was chosen for the task by the author himself. After Poe’s death in 1849, his stories and poems attracted an international cast of artists who will be well-represented in this exhibition. Important
artist-interpreters to be featured include Édouard Manet, Gustave Doré, Paul Gauguin, James Ensor, Aubrey Beardsley, Arthur Rackham, Harry Clarke, Barry Moser, and Robert Motherwell. The exhibition will consist of original paintings, drawings, prints, and first-edition books, and will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure.
This exhibition is supported by The Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.