|Kay Nielsen - Arabian Nights Reloaded|
|Written by Minh Lai|
|Saturday, 27 January 2007 11:28|
This is the last of my Kay Nielsen's updates. I've re-scanned all my first edition books for the third time using the latest scanner. I hope it will last for awhile, as the quality of the scans is closest to the originals. I'm very please with it.
Many illustrators have illustrated the Stories of Arabian Nights over the agesand are quite successfully at that: Edmund Dulac, E.J. Detmold, Rene Bull, Virginia Frances Sterrett ... to name a just few from the Golden Age. Unfortunately, Kay Nielsen is not one among them. The illustrations he did for Arabian Nights project was not published during his life time and destined to be forgotten if it were not for David Larkin's great work "The Unknown Painting of Kay Nielsen". Published in 1977, Kay Nielsen's forgotten watercolors appeared in print for the first time and what an amazing feast it is. Truely original, departed from the usual traditional charaterisctics and often repeated visuals of the past and created his own unique vision of the stories. Which, in my view, are the best original illustrations for the Stories of Arabian Nights.
Published in paperback format, "cheap" edition. The quality of the reproduced illustrations are not quite on par with the Golden Age period. They are still good enough and that we all have to be thankful for. I hope in time, more people will get to know the works of this great artist and thanks to the Internet, his illustrations will get the attention and a place among the greatest that he truely deserve.
Finally, I wish to see his illustrations for Arabian Nights Stories published, with the quality they deserve. If you happend to know where the originals are, please let me know ! It's my dream to see the sets in real life.
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