artists books:

The Bunnies
Knew Better

She's Fallen
Down Dead

The Child With
A Bent Spine

The Four Chairs

The House of the
Man That Died

Rat Poison

Victoria In
The Woods

The Family Name



Hideous Bliss

Danse Macabre

Dog That Bit Son

The Favorite
Pastimes of
Rotten Children

Old Perverts and
Small Animals

Death Made Simple




















































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Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre or the Dance of Death is a term that has been explored in all branches of the arts. It originated in plague-ridden Medieval Europe. The Danse Macabre depicts the inevitability of death. One of the most popular visual renditions of the Danse Macabre is Hans Holbein the Younger's series of woodcuts called Pictures of Death, published in 1538. Holbein's images depicted the rich, poor, pious and sinful all succumbing to the final blow of death. The plates were constructed of bordered pictures and captions describing the type of person being taken by "Death". Holbein's technique was simple yet elegant in its selected detail. It is this book and its historical origins that inspired Eileen's modern version of the Danse Macabre.

Danse Macabre w illust

Edition of 500 – Chapbook with inside self-portrait illustration – 1989, staple saddle stitched, offset lithography, blue ink, black ink, Goldenrod vellum bristol 80 lb. cover, white opaque 60 lb. text, 5.5” wide x 8.5” high x .125" deep, 16 pages – $6.00


Danse Macabre REVIEW, The Center For Book Arts Blog, Collection Spotlight: Eileen Arnow-Levine's Danse Macabre.

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