The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel

Roughly a decade after the death of Francois Rabelais, author of the satirical and fantasy book, Gargantua and Pantagruel, French illustrator Richard Breton came out with a book called The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel. Made up entirely of images, the book contained 120 woodcuts depicting a series of fantastically bizarre and grotesque figures. The style of the woodcuts is reminiscent of the bizarre style of previous artists such as Bruegel the Elder or Hieronymus Bosch. The original can be found on the Bibliotheque Nationale de France website, but because there are publishing restrictions, below I present some images from a 1869 reproduction.

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