Images to Tell a Story
Art by Willy Pogany (1927) from LADIES HOME JOURNAL
Edmund Dulac ~ The Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales From the Old French ~ 1910 ~ via Myth & Moor

"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.
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
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.
'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
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.
Harpist. Greek Virgins series (1900). Raphael Kirchner (Austrian, Art Nouveau, 1876-1917). Publisher Theodor Stroefer. Lithograph with metallic pigment on card stock. Postcard.
Kirchner produced over a thousand published paintings and drawings, mostly in the form of picture postcards. Kirchner’s often mildly erotic paintings of feminine beauty, in convenient postcard and magazine page form, were among the early pin-ups favored by European and American soldiers in WW I.
Peacock Dress - W.T.Benda ~1920
Frank Cheyne Papé ~ Little Blue Flower ~ The Diamond Fairy Book ~ c1911 ~ viaNow he could reach up and touch Swanhild’s hands.
Frank Cheyne Papé ~ The Princess Who Despised All Men ~ The Diamond Fairy Book ~ c1911 ~via
Upon the back of his noble steed the Princegallantly lifted his beautiful charge.