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Wes Anderson's Worlds by Max Dalton

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The Life Aquatic, 2004
The Life Aquatic, 2004 Illustration by Max Dalton, from The Wes Anderson Collection, published by Abrams

With the Grand Budapest Hotel opening this week, we celebrate the extraordinary detail of Wes Anderson's cinematic worlds through the illustration of Max Dalton

There are many, many stars in Wes Anderson’s films. There are the actual stars, of course – Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Schwartzmann, the Wilson brothers, Adrien Brody; the scripts, with their heartfelt wit and wisdom that will be quoted into eternity – “I think we're just gonna to have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that”; and the costumes – Fendi furs, tennis bands, orange pie collared dresses, scout uniforms, Indian gajra, foxes in balaclavas and referential corduroy suits. But it's the detailed structure of the whole, the creation of a multitextured, hypercoloured universe just half a step away from normality, that makes his films timeless and unique.

In the introduction to Matt Zoller Sietz's book The Wes Anderson Collection, Michael Chabon draws the connection between Wes Anderson's films and Joseph Cornell's boxes, as both artists draw a line around their creations – one with a box, one with a camera lens – packaging up their strange, sad, funny and beautiful visions of the world for us to admire. It is these worlds that enchant and bewitch us, and the spirit of each one that has been captured in Max Dalton's enchanting illustrations, that feature in, and bookend, Sietz's tome. So in anticipation of Anderson's latest creation, The Grand Budapest Hotel, we present Dalton's distillation of Anderson's films so far, from Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom.

Bottle Rocket, 1996
Bottle Rocket, 1996 Illustration by Max Dalton, from The Wes Anderson Collection, published by Abrams
Rushmore, 1998
Rushmore, 1998 Illustration by Max Dalton, from The Wes Anderson Collection, published by Abrams
The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001
The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001 Illustration by Max Dalton, from The Wes Anderson Collection, published by Abrams
The Darjeeling Limited, 2007
The Darjeeling Limited, 2007 Illustration by Max Dalton, from The Wes Anderson Collection, published by Abrams
Fantastic Mr Fox, 2009
Fantastic Mr Fox, 2009 Illustration by Max Dalton, from The Wes Anderson Collection, published by Abrams
Moonrise Kingdom, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom, 2012 Illustration by Max Dalton, from The Wes Anderson Collection, published by Abrams

The Grand Budapest Hotel is out on March 7. The Wes Anderson Collection is out now, published by Abrams.

Tish Wrigley is the AnOther assistant editor.

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