It's kindof interesting that Franciszka Themerson illustrated not just one but TWO editions of this Jarry play. I didn't like her 1st version made for New Directions in 1961 that much, I like this one from 9 yrs later more. In the meantime, she designed the stage setting for a Stockholm production in 1964. I mean, either she was really into Ubu Roi or she somehow got pigeonholed as the Ubu Roi visualizer. I'll assume it was the former. Her drawings here, as w/ the ND version, are somewhat deceptively seeming scribbles but there's more to them than one might initially notice. The drawings go outside the comic-bk framing, there are multiple layers & multiple line thicknesses. It seems that she deliberately kept to a 'primitive' style to stay in keeping w/ Jarry's bludgeoningly reductionist parody. I wonder what her style was like otherwise? Did she ever make meticulously rendered drawings for different subjects? Outside of the Ubu Roi context I'm not familiar w/ her at all.
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