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GALLERY FOUR

Kay Nielsen's unique, stylised illustrations enjoyed a great revival in the 1970s thanks to being published as art postcards. In fact they also did much to help create the boom in such cards and posters that followed. Personally I always thought it a shame he more or less abandoned illustration to design Hollywood film sets, but no doubt he had his reasons. Below are some of his pictures from East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a classic collection of Norwegian folk tales. Nielsen's genius was to blend their mood with Japanese graphic style. Another great graphic artist who enjoyed a revival in the 1970s was Alphonse Mucha whose posters were probably second only to Aubrey Beardsley's in popularity on student bedsit walls. Jan Toorop is less well known but his pictures appeal to me for similar reasons to the other two for visual reasons, being very graphic, but are more inclined towards Symbolism.

Neilsen 1 Neilsen 2

East of the Sun and
West of the Moon

Kay Nielsen

Detail

Neilson 3 Neilson 4 Neilson 5 Neilson 6 Neilson 7

The Lassie and
Her Godmother

Kay Nielsen

Blue Mountain
Kay Nielsen

The Widow's Son
Kay Nielsen

Three Princesses
of Whiteland

Kay Nielsen

Zephyr
Kay Nielsen

Mucha 01 Mucha 05 Mucha 02 Mucha 03 Mucha 04

Adam and Eve
Alphonse Mucha

Job
Alphonse Mucha


Alphonse Mucha


Alphonse Mucha

Ivy
Alphonse Mucha

Mucha 06 Mucha 07 Mucha 08 Mucha 09 Mucha 04

Dance
Alphonse Mucha

Music
Alphonse Mucha

Painting
Alphonse Mucha

Poetry
Alphonse Mucha

Monaco
Alphonse Mucha

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The Three Brides
Jan Toorop

A New Generation
Jan Toorop

O Grave Where is Thy Sting?
Jan Toorop

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Sphinx
Jan Toorop

Delftsche Slaolie
Jan Toorop

Women in a Garden
Jan Toorop

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