Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In Powder and Crinoline.

From In Powder and Crinoline

So I created this blog however long ago to share things that I'm interested in and things I've created. So far I've only been mildly successful at keeping up, but I've been meaning for a while now to write a post about my favorite golden age illustrator, Kay Nielsen. Children's book illustration is a particular favorite of mine, and from the 1880s to the 1930s is considered the golden age. Nielsen was a Danish illustrator who worked during the early 1900s and is counted among one of the greatest children's book illustrators of the time, along with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac.

In Powder and Crinoline

His style is art nouveau in influence, and thus his illustrations are extremely detailed and elaborate. The images I'm posting now are from In Powder and Crinoline (this blog's namesake!), an adaptation of the twelve dancing princesses story published in 1912.

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From In Powder and Crinoline

Aren't his illustrations just beautiful? I never get tired of looking at them. I uploaded a few more to my flickr if you are interested, I had a hard time narrowing them down! Another interesting fact about Kay Nielsen is that he worked for Walt Disney for a while in 1939. He helped to illustrate the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence of Fantasia, which is the really creepy one in case you can't remember.

From In Powder and Crinoline

Well enjoy the illustrations! Original credit goes to Golden Age Comic Book Stories for scanning the images. I hope to make this a regular feature.

2 comments:

  1. his illustrations are amazing...thanks for sharing :)

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