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I look for beauty and truth in everything. It's not always there of course but I try to find it or make it happen. I love people who make me laugh.

Monday, January 3, 2011

EDMUND DULAC, one of my favourite illustrators.


And another year bites the dust. Here's to the new one, whatever it may bring. We can never be sure what's coming but we can always try to be up to the changes and challenges. 

My year has started with a little bit of interior decorating. I painted our two bathrooms a new shade of what I like to call apricot, inspired by the following illustrations by Edmund Dulac. A dear friend gave me a very old copy of EDMUND DULAC'S FAIRY BOOK, published in 1916 by Hodder & Stoughton. The book has been well-used, its pages are loose but the beautiful illustrations, separately 'tipped in', are intact. I have had some of them mounted and they now hang on the bathroom wall.


THE BLUE BIRD

"The prince took a carriage drawn by three great frogs with great big wings....Truitonne came out mysteriously by a little door."


IVAN AND THE CHESTNUT HORSE

"The chestnut horse seemed to linger in the air at the top of its leap while that kiss endured."


THE SERPENT PRINCE

"When Grannmia saw her strange lover, she alone remained calm and courageous."


THE FIRE BIRD

"There he found the Princess asleep and saw that her face was the face he had seen in the portrait."

I wish you all some enchantment in your life.

11 comments:

Lynne said...

So, so gorgeous. We were lucky to have our childhood books so beautifully illustrated, though we didn't realize it would be a lost art some day. All those works of art filled our imaginations and were filed forever in our cells.
Thanks, Fran. xxx

Odie Langley said...

He really was talented, thanks for sharing

Evlyn said...

Along with Arthur Rackham and William Heath Robinson, Dulac is one of my favourites, too. These samples of his work are fabulous (in both senses of the word). What a wonderful present.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Firebird is fantastic!!!

Knatolee said...

Beeyootiful illustrations, Fran! Very inspirational.

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