JUGGLER OF UNIVERSES

Grandville may be largely forgotten but not by rock fans, at least some of them. A couple of illustrations from Un Autre Monde was used by Queen as artwork for their Innuendo album and its subsequent single releases.

Grandndville was a 19th century French caricaturist and illustrator, born to an artistic family. His first drawings included caricatures of his father’s customers (Grandville senior was a miniaturist). He first became known in late 1820s for his sketches depicting people with bodies of men and animal faces that represented human characteristics. His work was published in French periodicals and was characterized by satirical humor. Later on, he turned to political satire, and after this form of art was officially banned, he started illustrating books. He became an inspiration for the Surrealist movement despite early death at the age of 44, but was largely forgotten by next generations, and as a caricaturist, he was often classified as a representative of lower art. His work often included references to music, but also to industrial development, which is not surprising, considering he had a chance to live in the times of the Industrial Revolution. One of his most known works is an illustrated book titled Un Autre
Monde (Another World) – a work in which words and illustrations form an integrated whole.

Grandville may be largely forgotten but not by rock fans, at least some of them. A couple of illustrations from Un Autre Monde was used by Queen as artwork for their Innuendo album and its subsequent single releases. The most recognizable of them would certainly be Juggler of Universes – the illustration that can be found on the cover of Innuendo album. Grandville’s original work was altered by the band and graphic designer Richard Gray. They decided to color the drawings and change some details (in this new version of Juggler of Universes we
have a banana instead of the Cross of the Legion of Honour). But that’s not all – the Juggler (along with other Grandville’s illustrations used in Innuendo booklet) was animated for the video clip for the album’s title track and first single, directed by Queen’s frequent collaborators – Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, commonly
known as DoRo.

author: Grandville

completion date: 1844

medium: pencil drawing

where to see: „Inny świat” / « Un Autre Monde » [“Another World”]

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