We absolutely love these illustrations by Kay Nielsen from East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales From the North, a 1914 book of 15 Scandinavian fairy tales.  Nielsen is most well known for his illustrations of The Brothers Grimm and a visual history of Arabian Nights.

Sure, the drawings are striking and pretty, but they also have a haunting feel to them, which is fitting since many fairy tales themselves do.  Just look at the big, looming trees closing in on a character, or creatures and faces hanging in the background.

Elements of whimsy and exaggeration are also common in the exquisitely detailed illustrations, whether in a moon spilling out stars or giant candles dripping wax.

We could definitely see a fashion designer pulling inspiration from these unique illustrations (check out those headpieces!).

There’s also a selection of black and white drawings that are equally stunning.

You can check out the rest of the drawings here.

Images via brainpickings.org

 

We absolutely love these illustrations by Kay Nielsen from East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales From the North, a 1914 book of 15 Scandinavian fairy tales.  Nielsen is most well known for his illustrations of The Brothers Grimm and a visual history of Arabian Nights.

Sure, the drawings are striking and pretty, but they also have a haunting feel to them, which is fitting since many fairy tales themselves do.  Just look at the big, looming trees closing in on a character, or creatures and faces hanging in the background.

Elements of whimsy and exaggeration are also common in the exquisitely detailed illustrations, whether in a moon spilling out stars or giant candles dripping wax.

We could definitely see a fashion designer pulling inspiration from these unique illustrations (check out those headpieces!).

There’s also a selection of black and white drawings that are equally stunning.

You can check out the rest of the drawings here.

Images via brainpickings.org

 

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