It’s always exciting when a contemporary illustrator interprets a classic work of literature, but it’s most often children’s books that get this treatment. So it’s a nice surprise to see Madrid-based artist Fernando Vicente’s illustrations for Spanish publisher Nordica Libros’ edition of The Communist Manifesto. Using only black, white, and red, Vicente creates portraits of wealthy capitalists fused with machines, spitting out money, and eating their workers by the handful. The pictures call back to Dada design, combining propaganda poster art with surreal industrial imagery that’s both humorous and politically powerful. Click through to see a selection of Vicente’s illustrations (including great caricatures of Marx and Engels), and visit his blog and Behance site for more of his work.
Image credit: Fernando Vicente