Numbered edition of 5,000 copies of this sumptuous extra large-format book. WAS £250 SAVE £20 NOW £230Click for larger image ...This XXL fine art portfolio revives Kay Nielsen's illustrations for the world heritage classic A Thousand and One Nights. Printed for the first time ever in five colors including gold, the 21 prints are reproduced directly from Nielsen's original watercolors, allowing his sumptuous hues and rich influences to dazzle. A companion book features image descriptions, essays, and other rarely seen artworks.
In the late 1910s, in a Europe ravaged by World War I, Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen put the finishing touches on his illustrations of A Thousand and One Nights
. The results are considered masterpieces of early 20th-century illustration: bursting with sumptuous colors of deep blues, reds, and gold leaf, and evoking all the magic of this legendary collection of Indo-Persian and Arabic folktales, compiled between the 8th and 13th centuries.
In the financially strapped postwar climate, however, publishers retreated from Nielsen's project and the publication never happened. A rising star, Nielsen moved on to other work, and his spectacular pen, ink, and watercolor images of this world heritage classic remained under lock and key for 40 years. Published just once in the 1970s, the illustrations were rescued from oblivion after Nielsen's death in 1957 and are now held by the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, and in two private collections.
Published for the first time ever in five colors including gold, this unique presentation of fine art prints revives all 21 strikingly beautiful illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsen's original watercolors - the only complete set of his beloved illustrations to have survived. Each illustration is presented individually in an extra-large format and on fine art paper, allowing Nielsen's graphic mastery and rich array of influences, from Art Nouveau to Japanese woodcuts to Indian painting, to dazzle.
The set includes a 144-page hardcover book also printed in five colors, featuring descriptions of all of the images, and three generously illustrated essays on the making of this series, the origin of Nielsen's unique imagery, and a history of the tales. In addition, the accompanying book features many unpublished or rarely seen artworks by Nielsen, as well as all 23 of the incredibly intricate black-and-white drawings Nielsen also created for the original publication.
This is a rare chance to own exceptional reproductions of this highly influential artist's only surviving complete set of watercolors.
Limited and numbered edition of 5,000 copies.
Hardcover with 21 fine art prints complete in publisher's box.
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
This stunning collector's item unfolds like Scheherazade's tales: a blue velvet box opens on to a giant crimson envelope with watercolour prints and a black-gold volume of stories set in Byzantine palaces beneath starlit skies. -- Financial Times, LondonAuthors:
Noel Daniel (Editor), Cynthia Burlingham, Margaret Sironval, Colin WhiteArtist:
Taschen, 2019Number of pages:
Hard Cover; Full Colour illustrationsSize:
17" x 17" (420mm x 420mm)ISBN:
9783836532266 WAS £250 SAVE £20