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5.0 out of 5 stars Spend hours with gorgeous fairies
As a fan of the fairy art of Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac,
John Anster Fitzgerald, John Noel Paton,etc-the "greats" of the late 19th and early 20th century-I have been delighted in the past few months to discover that the Fairy Art tradition is far from dead. This book can only be described as lavishly-illustrated. It features 21 contemporary fairy artists,the eldest...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the Die Hard Fairy Fan
I expected so much more of this book, the name of Froud attributed to it is bound to sell a few extra copies but it could be so much more...intitially disappointing but retrospectively that may be a little unfair.
Some of the art work is truly exquisite and of a professional quality, particularly that of Linda Ravenscroft and David Delamere. Unfortunately the...
Published on 9 Nov 2003


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5.0 out of 5 stars Spend hours with gorgeous fairies, 17 Oct 2003
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ILONACAT (WIRRAL, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Art of Faery (Hardcover)
As a fan of the fairy art of Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac,
John Anster Fitzgerald, John Noel Paton,etc-the "greats" of the late 19th and early 20th century-I have been delighted in the past few months to discover that the Fairy Art tradition is far from dead. This book can only be described as lavishly-illustrated. It features 21 contemporary fairy artists,the eldest by far being Ann Mari Sjogren, the grand old lady of Swedish book illustration. Most of these artists are in their 20s or 30s.Most are British or American, two are from Japan,one from Italy. They have each selected some of their own work and tell us a bit about it, also about their background, how they started painting,what their influences are, and how they set about producing a piece. I LOVE hearing about people's influences-I've discovered many artists, writers and musicians whom I dearly love and admire that way. I am not an artist myself so cannot really appreciate the subtleties of the oil-versus-pastel debate, nor do I know about the different sorts of art paper, but the artists here do touch on these details-I imagine this could prove very useful to all aspiring artists out there.
The paintings themselves are exquisite.There is little cutsiness. Other than that, it is impossible to generalize.Some artists have been clearly influenced by Rackham, also by the contemporary Brian Froud-spot the gnarled mischievous faces peering out of greenery!-whilst other work puts me in mind of Sulamith Wulfing,
John William Waterhouse, Aubrey Beardsley, even. Whilst some of these fairies are benign and lovely beings-lovely for all their warts and crinkles-others are mischievous, cheeky and clearly up to no good ! Amy Brown's fairies are distinctly Gothic, whilst Hazel Brown-no relation-paints fairies who ressemble aliens,with thin bodies and cone-shaped heads. Myrea Pettit paints exquisite little fairies perched on toadstools or in the folds of a rose.I believe there is something here for everybody who has ever enjoyed pictures of fairies, or dreamt of fairies, or even met a fairy, as some of these artists have done.
This is the perfect gift,I believe,for a special person in your life.The text is clearly aimed at adults and older, art-orientated children, but the pictures themselves can be enjoyed by people of any age.There is some nudity, but it is so tasteful and in keeping with the atmosphere of the work, it's hardly worth bothering about.
Wonderful paintings, interesting text, a book that's lovely to hold, lovely to dip into or lose oneself in.Congratulations to all concerned-I'd give 6 points if I could.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the Die Hard Fairy Fan, 9 Nov 2003
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This review is from: The Art of Faery (Hardcover)
I expected so much more of this book, the name of Froud attributed to it is bound to sell a few extra copies but it could be so much more...intitially disappointing but retrospectively that may be a little unfair.
Some of the art work is truly exquisite and of a professional quality, particularly that of Linda Ravenscroft and David Delamere. Unfortunately the quality and execution of a number of the other works appears to be somewhat amateur, not what I expect from "some of the best artists in the US, Europe and Japan".
The focus is on the contemporary, it may have been better to us a combination of the contemporary and classic images, then you may have a reference book truly worth keeping.
One for the die hard fanatic
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Treat, 8 Jan 2008
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kehs (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Art of Faery (Hardcover)
Gothic faeries, sweet and gentle fairies and mischievous sprites are all gloriously displayed in this superb collection of fantasy artists. Each artist tells what inspires them and describes their working methods and techniques. Every page is a visual treat and I can't stop looking at my copy that a dear friend bought for me. Also included in this book is a list of the artists and their websites, so you can discover more about your favourites - if you can choose one, that is! This is a delightful book that is a joy to own.
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