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Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith Enlarge

Water-Baby and the Moon
(Jessie Willcox Smith, 1916, Public domain)

Illustrations

The world of illustration is extremely vast, because it spans a multitude of media, movements, and possibilities. Whether it's engraving, drawing, painting or photography, an illustration generally accompanies a text. Its history is therefore intimately connected with that of printing.

Illustrated works were often made with flat tints using light colors, in order to facilitate the initially limited means of printing. In addition to being used in books and newspapers, they play an essential role in advertising and convey, in their own way, messages.

Illustrations are quite particularly widespread in children's literature, where their role is to represent the characters, places or principal events of the story. In a general way, illustrations underscore the text and sometimes facilitate understanding.

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