Illustration: Gustaf Tenggren’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales

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When I first began my work sharing the stories of the great artists of the past with you, there was very little information on Tenggren online other than a few of his concept pieces for Disney film. I’m happy to have had a part in changing that. Tenggren is one of the most influential and creative illustrators of the 20th century. No other artist reinvented himself the way Tenggren did.

This book is one of the peaks of his early classical illustration career. It’s extremely rare, having never been published in the United States. I’m happy to be able to bring it to you.

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Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

11 Responses to “Illustration: Gustaf Tenggren’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales”

  1. Patrick says:

    These are lovely, but many of them appear to be pale imitations of John Bauer's work, in some cases even copies of his designs, and not nearly as beautifully crafted.

  2. Stephen Worth says:

    Tenggren studied under Bauer and succeeded him on Bland Tomtar Och Troll. These illustrations were done just a few years after Bauer's death. It’s not an imitation of Bauer’s work… it’s a continuation.

  3. Lovely color and skill! Thanks for posting these gems, Steve!

  4. Annelise says:

    Hello, we were very excited to find your site as we just found a 1929 version written in Danish. It is from my parents’ collection,and it is the first time I have seen it. What a treasure.it has all the same illustrations from the Grimm fairytales. Do you know anything about this edition?
    Thanks ,
    Annelise

  5. Cindy says:

    Hello! Thank you! I am so glad to find your website! I also have an excellent copy of this treasure with all 32 illustrations pasted loosely in this German book. Do you have any idea of the value of this book?

  6. La imaginacion dibujada says:

    Fantastic!!

    Thank you very much.

  7. joannconrad says:

    can you possibly tell us WHICH stories these illustrations accompany?

  8. Joann Conrad says:

    Hi, can you please also provide a list of the tales (contents) and a list of the illustrations in this Grimms Marchenschatz?

    This is really interesting stuff, considering the range of Tenggren’s work, but it would be good to see which tales are included.
    thanks

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  10. Härligt att få se alla dessa illustrationer av världens främsta illustratör. Har inte riktigt klart för mig vem du är som lagt in dessa bilder.

    Christer

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