Who was Edwin Georgi? Really, we know very little about him... but this much is clear: he was a man who loved colour.
Where others might have seen a tree trunk as a strip of brown bark, Georgi saw an opportunity to sprinkle down a swath of candy-coloured paint daubs.
No grey tones for Georgi -- he filled shadows with deep purples to counterbalance the rich yellows of his sunlit spaces.
Like Seurat, Edwin Georgi shunned the easy solution of using literal colour, preferring the challenge of conducting an orchestra of coloured points to play a symphony of dazzling luminosity.
That lack of literal color gives Georgi's illustrations a magical quality.
Sometimes their intensity is almost too much to bear.
Georgi, perhaps more than any other illustrator, was capable of creating such ferocity of colour that the art fairly glows white-hot.
But when he wanted to, Georgi could tame that fire. More startling than his riotous colour schemes are those that radiate a quiet intensity.
Georgi's masterful command of colour allowed him to temper his work to the mood of any particular assignment.
I found this wonderful quote attributed to the artist Paul Klee that I think Edwin Georgi would easily have related to:
"Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one."
Edwin Georgi, the man who loved colour, died in 1964.
My Edwin Georgi Flickr set.