Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. ~Hans Christian Andersen
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: I've re-organized prints by author and book so some inlinks will give an error or take you to 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. Major artist updates are in the Site Map. Detailed print information is on the main artist page (Parrish, Dulac, and Bauer so far).
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 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.
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.
About another week or two out to restoration, but Dulac, Parrish, and Bauer are back. Then new additions: Duncan Carse, Rie Cramer, Edward Detmold. Some new additions to Rackham and others. The site should now be mobile friendly. There is a new shopping cart that should work. If not, please use the contact link. The Search now works, but does not search the entirety of every page, just the titles. As the individual pages come back, every print will be available through search.
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.XineAnn
Copyright information: Images of art products on this website are ©Artsy Craftsy, LLC. While I believe the original images are copyright free, the restored images on this web site are derivative works requiring considerable effort. You are welcome to use the images for any non-commercial purpose, including displaying them on your blog or personal website. You may not use them for any commercial purpose without written permission, including but not limited to creating counted cross-stitch patterns, calendars, or any other commercial purpose.