Le Sortie de l'opéra en l'an 2000, Albert Robida, c.1882 (Íomhá: Leabharlann na Comhdhála, SAM)
Le Sortie de l’opéra en l’an 2000, Albert Robida, c.1882 (Íomhá: Leabharlann na Comhdhála, SAM)

The artist Albert Robida is one of my favourite writer-illustrators from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, not least for his fantastical vision of a future Europe represented in a trilogy of “scientific romances” called Le Vingtième Siècle (1883), La Guerre au vingtième siècle (1887) and Le Vingtième siècle – La vie électrique (1890). He’s largely forgotten now but here are a couple of his wonderful illustrations.

Maison tournante aérienne, Albert Robida, c.1883 (Íomhá: Leabharlann na Comhdhála, SAM)
Maison tournante aérienne, Albert Robida, c.1883 (Íomhá: Leabharlann na Comhdhála, SAM)
Cures d'air dans la montagne, Albert Robida c.1883 (Íomhá: Leabharlann na Comhdhála, SAM)
Cures d’air dans la montagne, Albert Robida c.1883 (Íomhá: Leabharlann na Comhdhála, SAM)
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2 comments on “Albert Robida, Fantastic Futurist

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve had Going to the Opera in 2000 as a desktop background for years, but had never seen the other two images.

    • My pleasure. There are some wonderful artists who’s works are now largely forgotten but who deserve remembering. I hope to feature some more over the next year.

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