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Saturday, January 7th, 2006, 08:06 PM
"Where a native Scandinavian accent is coupled with his naivete and quaint humor, as in the drawings from East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Nielsen is inimitable. His most intricate inventiveness never seemed labored. Controlled in a measure by Norse ornamental traditions, he reaches an absolute equality with the poetical text, and it is a genuine pleasure to reach the oasis of a Kay Nielsen picture in a journey through the printed pages of the book." (Birnbaum 1919).

Friday, January 20th, 2006, 12:15 AM
some from different stories.

Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 09:22 PM
Really nice images.
In a way they resemble the work of the Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Though their paintings are more of the portrayal kind. Something about the lines and the fields of pattern.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, 05:18 AM

I've always wanted to ask, I've seen this bear in a lot of Nordic illustrations. What significance does it have, is it mythological?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Maybe it's the Norwegian fairytale Kvitebjørn kong Valemon


White-Bear-King-Valemon is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by the artist August Schneider in 1870, after a peasant woman, Thore Aslaksdotter (b. 1832), in Setesdal. The tale was for the first time retold and published in Peter Christen Asbjørnsen's Norske Folke-Eventyr. Ny Samling (1871). George Webbe Dasent translated it for his Tales from the Fjeld.Continued http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-Bear-King-Valemon

Blod og Jord
Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 09:10 AM
The Man Who Never Laughed


Kay and Gerda, The Snow Queen


The Tinder Box


The Unicorn


Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 06:34 PM
Kay Nielsen is one of my favourite illustrators from The Golden Age of Illustration, and one of the best illustrators of all time. His work has dark and mysterious elements, and it hasn't lost any of its appeal over time.