Alone like Roark

Original illustration by Bosch Fawstin

 

Bosch Fawstin shared a new piece for the 75th Anniversary of The Fountainhead that he was working on the other day and I was able to claim it before it even went on sale.

He’s one of the few artists who I follow up with every week to see if he has new works out or coming out soon. I’ve described him before as “one of my favorite illustrators in the world and who is, incidentally, perhaps the most heroic cartoonist alive today,” and I meant it. He is a fully integrated artist — the style of his work is a perfect function of the purpose of his work.

This piece of Howard Roark in particular is probably my new favorite. It’s had me thinking of a few quotes from The Fountainhead. I can’t say whether Bosch had any of these in mind explicitly when he created it, but they’re the ones I thought of immediately.

Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.

 

…for people who enjoyed their own presence well enough and sought only a place where they would be left free to enjoy it.

 

His face was like a law of nature—a thing one could not question, alter or implore. It had high cheekbones over gaunt, hollow cheeks; gray eyes, cold and steady; a contemptuous mouth, shut tight, the mouth of an executioner or a saint.

 

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