Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Most Wonderful

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”
Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

This week’s Corner View theme is “ my favorite artist”. About fifteen years ago I bought a book at a flea market called Hans Christian Andersen- The Fairy Tale Of My Life with illustrations by Niels Larsen Stevns published in 1954. I was taken by the strength and color of the childlike illustrations. I had originally intended to cut out the artwork to frame but I couldn’t bring myself to rip up the book. So now I just take out the book a couple of times a year to soak up the pictures. I haven’t actually read the whole book yet- it is an autobiography but is believed to be part fact with a good dose of fiction. Hans Christian Andersen did know how to embellish!

Anyway, here are a few of the illustrations by Niels Larsen Stevns .


Hans Andersen sees Copenhagan 1819



Awaking in Paris



 Hans Andersen and Ingemann on Soro Lake.




At the Royal Theater.




Hans drawing during his stay in Rome.


See more favorite artists in the blogs below. Thanks to Theresa for hosting.

jane, theresa, ian, joyce, francesca, isabelle, kari, jgy, lise, otli, dorte, skywriting, tikjewit, sophie, daan,wander chow, kelleyn, sammi, annakenza, rosamaría, victoria, mlle paradis, tzivia, tania, nadine, cate, cole, ibb,

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Art is more than a part of your life ;)

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  2. those illustrations are fantastic!

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  3. why thank you for that little peek at wonderous illustrations indeed. i can imagine returning to them.

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  4. uhhh, I have to admit I did not know about this artist. the illustrations are great. thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Wonderful - I see why he is your favorite artist!

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  6. what wonderful book illustrations-- loose and free- adding to the delight of the fairy tales.

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  7. Beautiful! Thank you for this, Don, I didn't know this artist. And you were right, not to cut these images out of the book, I think they belong to the story. And so they fulfilled their task to keep you looking into the book again and again! ;)

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  8. wow beautiful! the light is wonderfully captured in these! great find. can't blame you for not wanting to take the book apart after all!

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  9. Oh my goodness. Those illustrations are just gorgeous. Brilliant use of color.

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  10. Now I want to paint like that, I can do it.

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  11. I think knowing these are illustrations in a book just add to their charm. I especially love the boat scene and the bridge in Rome. Thanks for posting!

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  12. Stunning colors... Thank you!

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  13. No wonder you wanted to cut these out and frame them.

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  14. What a treasure this book must be!
    I love the artwork, and the magic of HC Anderson.
    Enjoy!!

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