In our continuation of the best art from the various editions of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, we look at contributions from a Golden Age great, an Art Deco master, and two contemporary artists working in the realist style.
Arthur Rackham hardly needs much of an introduction. If you don’t know his work, then I dare say you aren’t the type to be interested in illustration at all. He is widely regarded as the King of the Golden Age illustrators, and that reputation was well earned.
Errol Le Cain was another British illustrator, though he came a bit later than Rackham, doing the bulk of his work from the late 1960s through the 1980s. Many people are aware of Le Cain through his involvement with the notoriously studio-hacked animated film project The Thief and the Cobbler. He worked mainly in a highly polished and sumptuous Art Deco style.
Bagram Ibatoulline is yet another Russian illustrator who has done a version of The Snow Queen, as well as several other beautiful children’s books like The Matchbox Diary, The Tinderbox and Crow Call. He has also illustrated many book covers.
Our final series of images comes from the pen and brush of PJ Lynch, an artist who has been illustrating children’s books since the mid 1980s and has won tons of awards for his work, including the Kate Greenaway Medal.