With all the awefullness at peak level in America and the world right now, I thought I’d take a little detour from my regularly scheduled rantings and ravings, and at least attempt to add a little beauty to your day.
No murderous, radicalized religious assholes.
No bickering gunophobe liberal ninnies with their heads in the sand.
Okay…maybe a little blood.
Art is one of the (if not the only) most pure and genuinely valuable offerings from this vile subspecies we call humans. It is our magic. And when executed at the hands of a master magician like Walter Molino, it truly can elevate us all from the violent and hopeless morass of our meaningless existence.
Art allows us to transcend.
I know very little about the artist Walter Molino, other than he’s Italian, he’s dead, and his work moves me. And it reminds me of the frailty of life.
“Born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Molino made his professional debut as illustrator and caricaturist in 1935, collaborating with the newspaper Il Popolo d’Italia and the children’s magazines Il Monello and L’Intrepido. In 1936 he started working for the satirical magazine Bertoldo, and in 1938 he debuted as a comic artist with the series Virus, il mago della Foresta Morta, with texts of Federico Pedrocchi. Still with Pedrocchi he created the comics series Capitan l’Audace for the magazine L’Audace, Maschera Bianca, and a number of other characters.
Since 1941 Molino became the official cover-illustrator of La Domenica del Corriere, succeeding to Achille Beltrame. He also collaborated with the women’s magazine Grand Hotel, as cover-illustrator and artist of “cineromanzi”, i.e. comic stories, generally of romantic or melodramatic genre, whose comic characters resembled famous film actors.”
And if you’re moved after looking at the photos of his work here, feel free to dig a little deeper online and maybe find out more about his work and his story. And if you find anything interesting, feel free to share it in the comments below.
Walter Molino (November 5, 1915 – December 8, 1997)
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