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Arthur Rackham’s Illustrations


fairytales-hans-christian-andersenIf you love art, and illustration – and I think by now I know you well enough to say you do – you should check out our feature on Arthur Rackham.

Rackham’s pieces were known for their luxurious use of color and keen attention to detail. His styles ranged easily from vivid, bright splashes of color to more muted, subtle tones. He became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and mastered the watercolor method of painting, seen in many of his works. Many of the books Rackham illustrated include both his black and white and color plates. As well, some, such as Hawthorne’s Wonder Book, include Rackham’s experimentation with partially colored prints, similar to the effect seen with Japanese woodblock art.

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Much of Rackham’s work depicts gnomes, fairies, goblins or other creatures from mythology, folklore or fable. His work has been an inspiration to many, including film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and modern illustrator Brian Froud.

AND, because not all of you can be as rolling in wealth as some of us (*polishes diamonds absentmindedly*), we’ve arranged the books by price.

Some of these are children’s classics – Sleeping Beauty, Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Mother Goose – and the legendary tales are made SO much more enchanting my Rackham’s art. The stories become objects of art, to treasure.

Enjoy!

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