Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Kay Nielsen – part 2

Kay Rasmus Nielsen (1886 – 1957) was a Danish illustrator who was popular in the early 20th century, during the “golden age of illustration.” He joined the ranks of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac in enjoying the success of the Gift Books of the early 20th century. Nielsen is also known for his collaborations with Disney for whom he contributed many sketches and illustrations.

See part 1 - Introduction for full biographical notes on Kay Nielsen.

This is part 2 of a 6–part post on the works of Kay Nielsen:


1911 Deserted Moment pencil, watercolour and gouache 21 x 15 cm Private Collection. A note on the verso of the frame describes this as an illustration for the Matthew Arnold poem

1913 "In Powder and Crinoline" by Arthur Quiller-Couch:


In 1913 Kay Nielsen received his first English commission for publisher Hodder and Stoughton to illustrate a collection of fairy tales, providing 24 colour plates and more than 15 monotone illustrations for “In Powder and Crinoline, Fairy Tales Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.”






















































































































1913 The Illustrated London News:


In 1913 Nielsen was also commissioned by “The Illustrated London News” to produce a set of four illustrations to accompany the tales of Charles Perrault. Nielsen’s illustrations for “Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” “Cinderella” and “Bluebeard” were published in the 1913 Christmas Edition.


1913 The Illustrated London News Christmas Number

1913 "Cendrillon" (Cinderella) from Christmas edition of The Illustrated London News

1913 "La Barbe Bleue" (Bluebeard) from Christmas edition of The Illustrated London News

1913 "La Belle au Bois Dormant" (Sleeping Beauty) from Christmas edition of The Illustrated London News

1913 "Le Chat Botté" (Puss in Boots) from Christmas edition of The Illustrated London News

1913 "When Winter Winds are Piercing Chill" after the drawing by Kay Nielsen from Christmas edition of The Illustrated London News

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