Madame Bovary

I know, it’s been a ridiculously long time since I last blogged. I’m not going to explain or give excuses, I’m just going to pick up where I left off.

So anyways, I recently created an illustration relating to the novel Madame Bovary. You know why? Because ever since I finished reading it a couple months ago, I’ve been obsessed. Every once in awhile you find a book that sticks in your brain long after you put the book down. Madame Bovary is one of those books for me.

I felt a profound empathy and understanding for Emma. I know a lot of people find her more selfish and bratty than understandable. Perhaps my own selfish and bratty side found myself relating to her. I love to read about flawed and misguided characters, especially female characters. Virtuous characters bore me. I want some bad decisions and tormented moods!

I was first introduced to the awesomeness that is Madame Bovary through the graphic novel, “Gemma Bovery” by Posy Simmonds. It was first written as a serial in The Guardian, but I happened upon it at the library after it’s publication as a graphic novel. I recall reading it right through and admiring both the story and the brilliant artwork.

Read this. It’s amazing.
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The graphic novel piqued my interest for the original novel that inspired it. I finally got around to reading the original Madame Bovary a few months ago, and I am annoyed with myself for not reading it sooner.

Read this too. It is also amazing.
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So, I felt inspired and created this scene entitled, “Rodolphe’s Letter.”

You can click this image to see a somewhat larger version.
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Detail 1
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Detail 2
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A very nice coworker of mine gave me some gorgeous antique frames, so I plan to frame this piece as well as creating others to frame. I can’t decide whether I want to keep exploring Madame Bovary, or try out illustrations of other great works of literature. A Jane Eyre illustration would be fun to try out…

I get so inspired by great works of literature. Reading is fun!

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