Large Shapes In Illustration

Below is a motley collection of illustrations but I feel they share something in common: They seem to have started from an assemblage of large shapes of colour. On top of those shapes, some are rendered and shaded while others aren’t.

The peak example of what I’m talking about is the illustration below.

KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
KÔ & KÔ (1933), Vieira da Silva (illustrator), Pierre Gueguen (author)
LES MÉTAMORPHOSES D’ALADIN OU COMMENT IL FUT PASSÉ AU CAVIAR (1912,2006) Lucien Laforge and Jean-Jean-François Martin
Polish illustrator  Zdzisław Witwicki, (1921-2019) cover
Polish illustrator Zdzisław Witwicki, (1921-2019)
HOLČIČKA A DÉŠT (1974) Jan Kudláček
HOLČIČKA A DÉŠT (1974) Jan Kudláček
Raoul Chareun (Cagliari, 1889 – Milan, 1949) The pastoralism, L'Agricoltura Italiana illustrata, Milan, 1918 crop circle
Raoul Chareun (Cagliari, 1889 – Milan, 1949) The pastoralism, L’Agricoltura Italiana illustrata, Milan, 1918 crop circle
HERZAUGE (1937) Hap Grieshaber
HERZAUGE (1937) Hap Grieshaber
MITKEY ASTROMOUSE (1971) Heinz Edelmann
MITKEY ASTROMOUSE (1971) Heinz Edelmann
MITKEY ASTROMOUSE (1971) Heinz Edelmann
MITKEY ASTROMOUSE (1971) Heinz Edelmann
Back cover of an issue of Kodomo no tenchi magazine, 1934 children drawing
Back cover of an issue of Kodomo no tenchi magazine, 1934 children drawing
THE BOY WHO HAD WINGS (1974) Helga Aichinger
F. MASSE (1976) Francis Masse
FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS (1937) Robert Lawson they hopped away to strawberry hill
FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS (1937) Robert Lawson they hopped away to strawberry hill
HERZAUGE (1937) Hap Grieshaber
HERZAUGE (1937) Hap Grieshaber
HERZAUGE (1937) Hap Grieshaber
Jean Helion Untitled 1943
Jean Helion Untitled 1943
The words seemed to shimmer away from her, Illustration in 'English Woman' 12 July 1958. Artist not found
The words seemed to shimmer away from her, Illustration in ‘English Woman’ 12 July 1958. Artist not found
Cover by Marcello Dudovich, 1908 A good example of four colour illustration
Cover by Marcello Dudovich, 1908 A good example of four colour illustration
NICOLE ET L’ASCENSEUR (1971) Bernadette Després cover
Charles Livingston Bull bat
Charles Livingston Bull bat
Al Dempster for Alice In Wonderland Little Golden Book 1951
Al Dempster for Alice In Wonderland Little Golden Book 1951
Leonard Weisgard; 1916-2000 muffin
Illustration (1960) by Lev Tokmakov dog
Illustration (1960) by Lev Tokmakov dog
Mary Blair It's a Small World' concept painting (Walt Disney, 1964-66)
Mary Blair It’s a Small World’ concept painting (Walt Disney, 1964-66)
beavers from The World Amazing Animals (1957) Marie Neurath (1898-1986)
The American Puritans Their Prose and Poetry edited by Perry Miller, 1956, illustrated by Edward Gorey
The American Puritans Their Prose and Poetry edited by Perry Miller, 1956, illustrated by Edward Gorey
Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987) 1967 advertisement illustration ‘We Dream Of Ice Cream’ for Elle magazine
Al Parker (1906 - 1985) Cosmopolitan Magazine Cover 1964
Al Parker (1906 – 1985) Cosmopolitan Magazine Cover 1964
Artwork  (1975) by John Luke Eastman
Artwork (1975) by John Luke Eastman
St. Mark's Square Venice Cover by Marcello Dudovich, 1907
St. Mark’s Square Venice Cover by Marcello Dudovich, 1907
Nicolas Sidjakov, illus. for A Lodestone and a Toadstone by Irene Elmer, 1969
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