The artistic direction of the Evergreen

I loved seeing the Egyptian-stylized art in the fourth volume of The Evergreen. I went and looked at the book itself and found other instances of this style beyond Lapis Philosophorum, like The Sphinx. This art tells stories far beyond where the magazine is published and I had thought of internationally-inspired art to be more of a modern phenomena.

I also feel very drawn to the strong line art of this volume. In its textual ornaments and many of the full-page illustrations, there are strong, geometric line designs. It seems to stand out from many of the other little magazines we’ve seen so far in class, and it shows a visual cohesiveness throughout the whole magazine that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

Something that piqued my curiosity about today’s class is about what these images mean. There doesn’t seem to be an easy interpretation of many of these images, and I wonder what, if anything, these images are trying to say. Does this magazine have an ideological stance? With such specific stylings and inspiration from other forms of art, what is it trying to say?

Overall, this magazine has some of the most interesting and cohesive illustrations we’ve seen so far, thematically and stylistically, but it leads me to question what it really means.

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