Hugo’s commanding novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, recounts a story of a recluse who is shunned from society because of his horrific looks. Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback, keeps his home in the lofty peaks of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, but his isolated summit doesn’t prevent him from experiencing the pain and beauty of life. Even from those towering altitudes he understands love and heart-break through his life-altering encounters with the beautiful Gypsy Esmeralda. In the final burning moments of this strange tale, Quasimodo feels the fires of tribulation sear his soul and he becomes, for better or for worse, permanently and fatefully scarred.
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’s original words are used here in their raw and crimson force to form a startling and alluring vision of a breathtaking scene from the book. In this illustration, we see that upon the teetering pinnacles of the famous Notre-Dame, a man sits watching his beautiful city with a bird’s eye view; he is no ordinary man but the elusive and shy Quasimodo who inhabits the towering apex of the cathedral. In this work of art, the outlines of his stationary and only friends – the gargoyle statues – keep him company with their silent and stony visages. Quasimodo stares down upon the teeming life of magnificent 15th century Paris, watching as the city moves and changes with the coming of each new dawn. It is a jaw-dropping view which truly represents the ever-changing emotions and throbbing heart-ache of a man who is so closely tied to his wonderful metropolis.
A giant of its time, Hugo’s phenomenal The Hunchback of Notre-Dame still makes an impact with its brilliant potency. This poster embraces the full power of his words to create – with striking singularity – a matchless work of art.