16 December 2004
SENDAK, Maurice. Original pencil drawing of an unused image from Outside Over There, inscribed and signed by Maurice Sendak along the lower margin: "For Lynn and Ward--with all my love--Jan. '88." Dated by Sendak "Jan 6, 84--Sendak" and additionally signed "Maurice Sendak" in the lower right corner." (Taped with masking tape along edge to mount.) 8¼ x 12 3/8 in. (210 x 315 mm). Framed.
A FINE PRELIMINARY DRAWING FOR 'OUTSIDE OVER THERE', the third and last work in Sendak's self-styled picture-book trilogy. It appeared "eleven years after the second, In the Night Kitchen, and eighteen years after the first, Where the Wild Things Are. He views the three works as a unit because 'They are all variations on the same theme: how children master various feelings--anger, boredom, fear, frustration, jealousy--and manage to come to grips with the realities of their lives'... The artist feels that his illustrations for Outside Over There owe a decided debt to the two Sendak works immediately preceding it: Some Swell Pup and Fly by Night. Certainly the clear, bright palette of the first influenced the brilliant colors of the painterly illustrations in Outside Over There" (Selma G. Lanes, The Art of Maurice Sendak, New York, 1980, pp.227-229). Outside Over There was published in 1981.
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This is a prepartory sketch for the Caedmon CD cover "The Man Who Lost Himself" by Leos Janácek, 1984, not for "Outside Over There."
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