Monday, May 19, 2014

Backstage at Lohengrin: Constantin Alajálov New Yorker Cover Art

Constantin Alajálov's original New Yorker cover art shows us the opera from a vantage point few of us ever get to experience. Being able to see the the set from behind and the prompter's box and conductor from up front offers us an insider's exclusive view. Meanwhile, the high Wagnerian drama taking place on the stage is contrasted with the ordinary manual labor of the stagehands. The opera is Lohengrin, of course, whose title character is also known as the Swan Knight. You knew that.

Constantin Alajálov, Original art, The New Yorker, January 30, 1937
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Constantin Alajálov, The New Yorker, January 30, 1937

Note:  I now have quite a few blog posts about the art of Constantin Alajálov. It's your lucky day.

See more examples of original New Yorker cover art.

You might also like to see a few more posts about composer Richard Wagner.


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