Images to Tell a Story

"Fairy stories are related to dreams, which are maybe most people’s first experience of unreal narrative, and to myths. Realism is related to explanations and orderings — the tale of the man in the bar who tells you the story of his life, the historian who explains the decisions of generals and the decline of economies. Great novels, I believe, always draw on both ways of telling, both ways of seeing. But because realism is agnostic and sceptical, human and reasonable, I have always felt it was what I ought to do. And yet my impulse to write came, and I know it, from years of reading myths and fairy tales under the bedclothes, from the delights and freedoms and terrors of worlds and creatures that never existed.”  — A.S. Byatt
From “As Necessary as Breathing and Sleeping" on Myth & Moor.
The art above is “Snowdrop and the Seven Little Men” by John D. Batten.
Marianne Stokes - Aucassin and Nicolette
This illustration is one of my favorite posts from 2011. Find it at Art of Narrative on Facebook.
Kay Nielsen ~ The Twelve Dancing Princesses ~ In Powder and Crinoline ~ Hodder & Stoughton ~ 1913
"Don’t drink!" cried out the little Princess, springing to her feet; "I would rather marry a gardener!"
Edmund Dulac ~ Drop-Of-Crystal was too Busy to Speak ~ Fairies I Have Met ~ 1910 ~ via Art of Narrative on Facebook
The Fair St George - John Gilbert - 1881
Edmund Dulac ~ But Nicolette One Night Escaped ~ Edmund Dulac’s Picture-Book for the French Red Cross ~ c1916 ~ from Art of Narrative on Facebook ~ If you enjoy golden age illustration from classic fairy tales, and the best in golden age artists & illustrators, please “like” my new Facebook page, Art of Narrative, to receive notification of new blog posts, and links to high resolution originals.
Spring’s Promise - Marjorie Miller ~1925
'Dick Whittington and his cat' by Charles Robinson, ca 1930.

Description: 'Dick Whittington and His Cat' is an English folk tale… It tells of a poor boy in the 14th century who becomes a wealthy merchant and eventually the Lord Mayor of London because of the ratting abilities of his cat. Source
Perseus and Andromeda by Gustave Moreau c. 1870 oil on panel
Bristol City Museums and Art Gallery
Beatrice Goldsmith ‘Watching the Fairies’ 1925 watercolour on paper by Plum leaves on Flickr.
 Beatrice Goldsmith [English artist 1895-1947] Click image for 886 x 719 size.
Womanhood (1925) by Thomas Edwin Mostyn
Odilon Redon, Yellow Tree Against a Yellow Background 1901
William Henry Margetson - The Lady of the House