Wadsworth Atheneum


The prolific artist and author Edward Gorey (American, 1925-2000) created more than one hundred works, including a wealth of droll, darkly humorous books that brought to the world a new genre in graphic storytelling: the sprightly disturbing. Yet he is equally admired for his many bright and whimsical drawings and stories.

The images on these holiday cards - off-kilter illustrations of Yuletide mayhem for John Updike's wryly jaundiced text The Twelve Terrors of Christmas - exhibit both sides of Gorey. The scenes are replete with the usual icons of Christmas cheer, but wait: Santa looks a little worrisome, the elves might be guilty of child endangerment, and I say, is that tree staring back at me?

Inside message: SEASON'S GREETINGS

20 holiday cards, 5 each of 4 images.

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