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secret fore- {E}dge paintings…. #AtoZChallenge2014

Day #5  of the #AtoZChallenge2014

The Letter ‘E’

 fore-{E}dge painting, believed to date back to the 1650s, is the artful technique of hiding a painting on the {E}dge of a book.  There are two basic forms: (1)  paintings on the  {E}dges of a book’s leaf, that, reveals the fine work of the artist’s rendering when the pages are fanned and, (2) paintings on the {E}dges of a closed book’s pages. In the closed book form, because the painting is on the closed {E}dge itself  the book’s leaf do not need to be fanned to view the artwork.


Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

The intrigue of the first form is that the fanned painting is one that is not visible when the book is closed.  Another basic difference is that a painting on the closed {E}dge is painted directly on the surface of the book {E}dge.

For the fanned painting the paint is applied to the top or bottom margin of the book’s leaf and not to the actual “fore”- {E}dge itself.

View the beauty of  the art fore-{E}dge painting demonstrated in the videos below:



The above two forms are the most common forms of fore – {E}dge, this is another form where, the book’s leaf are doubled fore-{E}dge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction.

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Monday … The Letter ‘F’



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