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Juan One Sepulveda

Forty Words | Ink, Chalk, & Charcoal on Century-Old Book Page

Forty Words | Ink, Chalk, & Charcoal on Century-Old Book Page

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Presenting "Forty Words," a captivating ink, chalk, and charcoal drawing on the venerable page of a century-old book, masterfully created by Juan 'One' Sepulveda. This artwork is not only a tribute to the literary giant Edgar Allan Poe but also a creative exploration of the profound elements that defined his work and life.

Centered on the time-worn page is an evocative portrait of Poe, his features emerging amidst the aged paper, stained and jagged at the edges. Surrounding him, like a spectral aura, are twenty words synonymous with his oeuvre—words like 'madness,' 'dream,' 'shadow,' and 'nevermore.' These carefully chosen words encapsulate the essence of Poe's haunting narratives.

The First 20 Words:

  1. Beauty
  2. Lost
  3. Grief
  4. Despair
  5. Doom
  6. Evil
  7. Guilt
  8. Cry
  9. Blood
  10. Fate
  11. Moon
  12. Grave
  13. Spirit
  14. Horror
  15. Pain
  16. Curse
  17. Heaven
  18. Hell
  19. Eerie
  20. Mystery

The last 20 words (Prose)

In a grave where moonlight weeps,
Lost in terror, spirit creeps.
Beauty marred by guilt and pain,
Eerie whispers curse the name.

Blood and grief in heaven dwell,
Fate and doom descend to hell.
Despair and horror fill the sky,
Mystery asks not when, but why.

A single cry in the night so still,
Evil's work, a haunting thrill.

Contrasting elements of creation and darkness accompany Poe's likeness: a vivid red quill symbolizing the vibrant, passionate nature of his work, and a solitary drop of black ink, representing the pervasive melancholy and mystery in his stories.

Framing this striking image are the Roman numerals for 1809 and 1849, marking Poe's birth and untimely death at forty—a poignant reminder mirrored by the title "Forty Words." Above and below the portrait, these words are ingeniously arranged into a poem, resonating with Poe's unique style and adding another layer of depth to the piece.

"Forty Words" is a deeply thought-provoking and richly layered artwork that beckons admirers of Poe and art connoisseurs alike. It invites its viewers to ponder the complexities of Poe's character and the lasting impact of his work, making it a significant addition to any collection.


  • Dimensions: 10 x 7 (Drawing) x 22 x 18 (Frame)
  • Medium: Ink, Chalk, & Charcoal on Century-Old Book Page
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity
  • Made in the U.S.A.
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