Art Books: Rackham and Dulac by Jeff A. Menges

Kiri Østergaard Leonard with Jeff Menges' fairy tale books.
Kiri Østergaard Leonard with Jeff Menges' fairy tale books.

I am a big fan of Amazon because of their ‘Used Books’ section. When browsing for older books you can often find many very inexpensively in the Used section. I have acquired many books both for school studies and personal interest for less than 5 $ a book this way.

Two of my recent acquisitions are the Dover publications featuring 80 plates with illustrations by Arthur Rackham and another by Edmund Dulac. Both artists are very well known for their fairy tale illustrations. Arthur Rackham’s artwork mainly features class European fairy tales, whereas many of Edmund Dulac’s illustrations are from The Arabian Nights (1001 Nights). The high quality of the illustrations in both books is so enjoyable and a huge inspiration to fairy tale fans such as myself. The books feature one page introduction, written by Jeff A. Menges, about each artist and then the rest is pure illustration goodness.

I definitely recommend these beautiful, beautiful books! Artistically there is so much to be had from these artists. Compared to the complexity of much digital art their method carry a simplicity that makes the images all the more admirable.

It’s an important lesson for any artist to realize that sometimes less is more.

Links:
Rackham’s Fairytale Illustrations in Full Colour on Amazon
Dulac’s Fairy Tale Illustrations in Full Colour on Amazon

Snow White and Rose Red Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Snow White and Rose Red Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Edmund Dulac: Princess and the Pea
Edmund Dulac: Princess and the Pea
Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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