Fairy Tale Art and Illustration

The Art of Myth and Fairy Tale

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. ~Hans Christian Andersen

The Golden Age of Illustration

Featured Golden Age Illustrators

Featured Artists: Anne Anderson, Arthur Rackham, John Bauer, Gustave Doré, Edmund Dulac, Harold Gaze, Warwick Goble, Emma Florence Harrison, Jessie M. King, Kay Nielsen, Maxfield Parrish, Virginia Frances Sterrett. Or see the Catalog by Artist

Updated Navigation Paths: There were more than 1000 pages of prints and it was a nightmare to maintain so I didn't. Instead of having a single page for every illustration / art print, I've organized them by author and book so some inlinks will be taking you to this page or the main artist page for awhile. Not all prints are back, but are on their way. The new site is mobile-friendly and the shopping cart is easier to use. If you want to follow along at home, I am tracking the updates in the Site Map.

  • For images only, all but a very few images are up in the Art Passions albums.

  • For art prints, the easiest way is to follow the artist link in the Catalog of Artists. You can also use the search function to locate an artist/book combination. It won't take you to a particular image, however, because it only searches titles and headings.

Unconquerable, Arthur Rackham illustration for Prince Albert's Book. The image shown, Unconquerable, was Arthur Rackham's contribution to King Albertís Book.  As king, Albert refused to allow German troops safe passage through Belgium to pre-emptively attack France, who the Germans believed would enter Belgium en route to attacking Germany in support of Russia. The German invasion brought Britain into the war as one of the guarantors of Belgian neutrality under the Treaty of 1839. King Albert, as prescribed by the Belgian constitution, took personal command of the Belgian army, and staved off Germany long enough for Britain and France to prepare for the Battle of the Marne September 1914.

Unconquerable, Arthur Rackham illustration for Prince Albert's Book. The image shown, Unconquerable, was Arthur Rackham's contribution to King Albert's Book. As king, Albert refused to allow German troops safe passage through Belgium to pre-emptively attack France, who the Germans believed would enter Belgium en route to attacking Germany in support of Russia. The German invasion brought Britain into the war as one of the guarantors of Belgian neutrality under the Treaty of 1839. King Albert, as prescribed by the Belgian constitution, took personal command of the Belgian army, and staved off Germany long enough for Britain and France to prepare for the Battle of the Marne September 1914.

About the Golden Age

One consequence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in general, spurred by William Morris's fascination with the printed word in particular, was popularity in the 1880s and going forward of what we call, retrospect, the Golden Age of Illustration. Advances in technology made available higher quality reproductions and the public came to value these. Gift books, often with fairy tale and adventure themes, were themselves works of art, with gilded edges and cover art became popular gifts for children and other adults.

World War I heralded an end to the Golden Age but even in its swan song, elaborate gift books were created in support of the war effort: Arthur Rackham's Allies Fairy Book, Edmund Dulac's Picture Book for the Red Cross, Princess Mary's Gift Book, and King Albert's Book.

September 2017 News

About another week out to restoration and some new additions: Duncan Carse, Rie Cramer, Edward Detmold. Some new additions to Rackham and others. A new shopping cart is in the works and I'm upgrading the images and making the site more responsive and mobile friendly. The Search now works.

Recent Additions

John Bauer: Lucia and Till Sagolandet

Kay Nielsen: New additions to Grimms Fairy Tales

About Us: Artsy Craftsy is the business side of Art Passions; they look more like each other as time goes on. At Artsy Craftsy you can buy art prints for many of the artists at you find Art Passions. Not every Art Passions image is available as an art print here -- some are just too far gone. Artsy Craftsy fine art prints fall in a wide circle of mythic and fairy tale themes around artists I like, focusing on Golden Age illustrators and Preraphaelite artists. Sometimes, though, another artist wins my heart and I can't resist.

Some things here you won't find anywhere else, but you don't find what you want, especially if it was here before the site update, ask and I'll try to help. Art Passions prints are 100% cotton rag fine art paper with archival inks and ship within a day or two.

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