By Miriam Carpenter-Cosand
This article is based entirely in the English historical documentation of researchers Carl J. Webber and Jeff Webber, which are fore-edge painting experts.
Most of the information on fore-edge painting is limited. The reason behind that is the fact that most of the early examples of fore-edge painting were not documented or signed. The books also do not have any information to trace the artist or context of the fore-edge painting, since this artistic form was considered merely a form of decoration and not an individual work of art. The reader also must know that this art form was not very popular or known and also currently is still very rare.
What is Fore-edge painting?
According to “The ABC’s of Fore-edge Painting” by Jeff Weber, a fore-edge painting is a watercolor painting applied to the closed edge of a book. This can include all sides of the book, and often the painting will be hidden from sight until the book is opened or bent to a side.
Varieties of Fore-edge paintings