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5.0 out of 5 stars The Meanings of Enchantment!, 19 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Arthur Rackham Treasury (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) (Paperback)
I was introduced to Arthur Rackham's magical illustrations as a child via the old St. Nicholas children's magazines, and his pictures have lost none of their magic in the ensuing years. His pen-and-ink drawings are complemented by a muted palette of colors that transform the pages into insubstantial doors into an enchanted world populated by slender butterfly-winged fairies, multitudes of elves and gnomes, and twisted anthropomorphic trees that capture a child's imagination, without being threatening. And yet the sharp angular faces of the children in his drawings suggest a subtle mischievous humor that prevents Rackham's illustrations from ever sinking into sentimentality.

Rackham's pen covered a wide range of subjects, from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest" by way of Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows", Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," and classical fairy tales, to Wagner's "Ring of the Niebelungen."

We are so lucky to have these beautifully reproduced Dover illustrations in a single book. They should be introduced to one's grandchildren so that their imaginations may also take flight with the enchanting creatures of Arthur Rackham's world.
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