Thursday, June 29, 2006
Briggs on the Beach
What other illustrator but Austin Briggs could have come up with such an interesting concept for this story of a man who has lost his son to a drowning accident? Briggs paints for us a sun-dappled Puerto Rican bay straight out of a tourist brochure - and then we see the two struggling hands in those placid waters.
The image is at first surreal, absurd, even amusing - until we comprehend the full horrifying implication of what we are seeing: "He didn't hear his son's cries until it was too late."
This Saturday Evening Post novelette provides the Briggs aficionado with a real bonus gift... beyond this spread are three more, each featuring three line drawings, for a total of eleven Austin Briggs illustrations in one article.
You can see all those pieces at a good large size in my Austin Briggs Flickr set.