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By Kay Nielsen

Danish-American artist Kay Nielsen is famed for his types of news through the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in addition to the Nordic fables mentioned in East o' the sunlight and West o' the Moon. This captivating compilation attracts upon Nielsen's photographs from those and different cherished books. fifty nine illustrations.

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His watercolors for the present books In Powder and Crinoline and East of the solar and West of the Moon have been exhibited in 1913 and 1915, respectively, in a London gallery; and his illustrations for The Fairy stories of Hans Andersen have been on view in London in 1924. After a stint designing degree productions for the Danish nationwide Theater, Kay Nielsen married Ulla Pless-Schmidt. In 1936, Nielsen moved to la (his spouse didn’t subscribe to him there until eventually the start of worldwide warfare II), the place he endured designing for the level and started operating within the video clips. such a lot significantly, he helped layout the “Ave Maria” and “Night on Bald Mountain” sequences for the Walt Disney movie Fantasia. in the course of the postwar interval, altering tastes and an curiosity in additional sensible inventive expression restricted the possibilities for artists comparable to Nielsen, whose stock-in-trade used to be myth. Thereafter, Nielsen committed himself to generating work of art for neighborhood faculties in la, in addition to the Wong Chapel of the 1st Congregationalist Church; in truth, whilst he died in 1957, mourners accumulated there for his funeral provider. the japanese printmaker Hiroshige (1797–1858) had an important influence on Western artwork and at the paintings of such illustrators as Nielsen. This impact is mainly obvious in his stylized therapy of waves as tested by way of Plates four, five, and forty two; the bridge scene in Plate 25 additionally inspires jap woodblock prints. Kay Nielsen often used difficult styles to “build” his characters, as in Plates 7, 12, 17, 18, 19, and 24. The artist frequently emphasised the costumes on the cost of the storybook characters, mounting tiny, sparingly unique heads atop voluminous clothing. but there are also stark, expressive, heroic faces (Plates 2, nine, 12, 28), and romantic intimations (Plates 2, 30, 38, 69). it's also noteworthy that during his later works (the Grimm and Andersen collections), Nielsen deserted the complex Beardsley-influenced line rendering in prefer of extensive, extra fleshed-out depictions of characters and their atmosphere. The fifty-nine colour plates during this version contain all twenty-five plates from East of the sunlight and West of the Moon: previous stories from the North (G. H. Doran corporation, big apple, 1922); all twenty-four plates from In Powder and Crinoline (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1913); 5 plates from Hansel and Gretel and different tales by means of the Brothers Grimm (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1925); and 5 plates from Fairy stories through Hans Andersen (G. H. Doran corporation, big apple, 1924). checklist OF PLATES entrance disguise Then he coaxed her down and took her domestic (“The Lassie and Her Godmother” [EAST OF THE solar AND WEST OF THE MOON: outdated stories FROM THE NORTH, G. H. Doran corporation, ny, 1922]) observe: Titles of the books within which the representation plates initially seemed, in addition to plate captions and titles of the tales containing the plates, are given less than. EAST OF THE sunlight AND WEST OF THE MOON: outdated stories FROM THE NORTH [G. H. Doran corporation, long island, 1922] 1 “Well, brain and carry tight via my shaggy coat, after which there’s not anything to fear,” acknowledged the endure, so she rode a protracted, good way (“East of the sunlight and West of the Moon”) 2 “Tell me the best way, then,” she stated, “and I’ll seek you out” (“East of the solar and West of the Moon”) three after which she lay in a bit eco-friendly patch in the middle of the gloomy thick wooden (“East of the sunlight and West of the Moon”) four The North Wind is going over the ocean (“East of the solar and West of the Moon”) five And flitted away so far as they can from the citadel that lay East of the sunlight and West of the Moon (“East of the solar and West of the Moon”) 6 The Lad within the Bear’s pores and skin, and the King of Arabia’s daughter (“The Blue Belt”) 7 She observed the Lindworm for the 1st time as he got here in and stood through her facet (“The Blue Belt”) eight She couldn't aid surroundings the door a bit ajar, simply to peep in, when—Pop!

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