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O Magazine
2015-2017

Illustrators play a major part in our project. Illustration has the uniqueness of making its authors easily identifiable.

Some illustration works have become a historical reference and source of inspiration for modern culture. Artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Richard Ansel, Frank Frazeta, Edward Gorey, Felix Valloton or Gibson are very present in the collective imagination. And that’s why we’d like to approach them and have space for them presence in our web site.

We drew the conclusion that the combination of literature and illustration has always been a good reference point. We’ve selected a fragment from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time for its ability to unite literature and art and asked Jordi Labanda to find inspiration there. This is the result.

In Search of Lost Time
Marcel Proust’s

 

But to-night, at Mme. Verdurin’s, scarcely had the little pianist begun to play when, suddenly, after a high note held on through two whole bars, Swann saw it approaching, stealing forth from underneath that resonance, which was prolonged and stretched out over it, like a curtain of sound, to veil the mystery of its birth—and recognised, secret, whispering, articulate, the airy and fragrant phrase that he had loved. And it was so peculiarly itself, it had so personal a charm, which nothing else could have replaced, that Swann felt as though he had met, in a friend’s drawing-room, a woman whom he had seen and admired, once, in the street, and had despaired of ever seeing her again. Finally the phrase withdrew and vanished, pointing, directing, diligent among the wandering currents of its fragrance, leaving upon Swann’s features a reflection of its smile. But now, at last, he could ask the name of his fair unknown (and was told that it was the andante movement of Vinteuil’s sonata for the piano and violin), he held it safe, could have it again to himself, at home, as often as he would, could study its language and acquire its secret.