Since its debut in 1904, composer Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly has not seen a year without production. Puccini’s score is lush and the story is both tragic and aggravating. As Madama Butterfly unfolds, there is an ever-increasing sadness and panic in Cio-Cio-san, the Japanese child-bride of the American soldier Pinkerton. Pinkerton’s Butterfly is devoted to him and his Western beliefs. Pinkerton leaves his wife and unborn child in Nagasaki and after three years pass, and there is still no sign of her husband.
To illustrate the journey of Cio-Cio-san from child-bride to abandoned mother, illustrator Taylor Dolan delivers on the naivete of Cio-Cio-san, draped in the colors of the American flag. Her tears for the man who abandoned her, the child in her arms that Pinkerton will return for in the hopes of divorce so he and his new American wife can raise the child in America. Through simple pose and color, Dolan shows us the life of a devout wife tossed aside, given no value or worth.
Dolan’s Madama Butterfly is a stunning addition to EVIL TENDER’s Opera Print Series Dolan’s is and 18″ x 24″ 3 color screenprint and be $40. and will be available for purchase Thursday, August 20th at 9AM PST / 5PM UK TIME. As part of our ongoing collaboration, UK publisher Black Dragon Press will have copies available for those in the UK/EU.
‘Madama Butterfly’ by Taylor Dolan
18″ x 24″ 3 Color Screenprint
Limited Edition of 100
Printed by Lady Lazarus
In the EVIL TENDER SHOP and for those in the UK/EU, visit BLACK DRAGON PRESS