Moe to Love

Louis Moe, like fellow Scandinavian artist John Bauer, tended to focus on the fairy tales and mythologies of his native lands.  However, where Bauer’s work was ethereal and elegant, Moe’s characters were often whimsical and playful.  His favorite subjects were trolls and satyrs, including troll and satyr children, of which Moe supplied a humanity and pathos that undermined the traditional depictions of them as fierce and menacing creatures.  Also like Bauer, there’s a dirth of good examples of Moe’s work available on the Internet.  He is a largely unrecognized artistic genius who expertly balanced cartoon-like aspects with detail and design that was, in my estimation, every bit as good as that of better-known Golden Age illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Kay Neilsen.

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Louis Moe – Havets Bog

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Louis Moe – Land og Hav

Even troll children are subject to selfishness and envy:

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Louis Moe – Rig trolds barn og fattig trolds unger

And naughtiness:

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Louis Moe – Trollungen fjerner katten

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Louis Moe – Ugle og Foraarsalfer

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Louis Moe – Store Bror danser for lille Søster

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Louis Moe – En lille Skarnstøs

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Louis Moe – Mors egen unge skal i selskap

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Louis Moe – Sneglepost

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Louis Moe – Title Unknown

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