Adrian Ludwig Richter

Although he preceded the jugendstil art movement, Richter’s work was featured in at least one issue of Jugend, around twenty years after he had passed away.  A longtime painter and illustrator of children’s books and fairy tales, he was considered a national treasure at that point. Heavily influenced by Romanticism, his style does come across as somewhat quaint today, but his compositions are detailed and masterful.

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Adrian Ludwig Richter – Brautzug im Frühling (Bridal Procession in Springtime) (1847)

Adrian Ludwig Richter – Heimkehr der Landleute nach Civitella (1867)

Adrian Ludwig Richter – Heimkehr der Landleute nach Civitella (1867)

Adrian Ludwig Richter – Hirtenlied (1871)

Adrian Ludwig Richter – Hirtenlied (1871)

Adrian Ludwig Richter – In the Summer

Adrian Ludwig Richter – In the Summer

Adrian Ludwig Richter – My Nest is the Best

Adrian Ludwig Richter – My Nest is the Best

Adrian Ludwig Richter – Rübezahl Appears to a Mother in the Form of a Charburner (1842)

Adrian Ludwig Richter – Rübezahl Appears to a Mother in the Form of a Charburner (1842)

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Wikipedia: Adrian Ludwig Richter

Hansel and Gretel

The story of Hansel and Gretel, a German brother and sister abandoned in the woods by their parents only to happen upon a witch’s home made of sweets, has been around in written form ever since the Brothers Grimm published the tale in 1812, though, as with most fairy tales, it has probably existed in some form for much longer.  The tale became more complex later on, with the mother becoming an evil stepmother who, like the witch, meets a terrible end.  As I’ve mentioned already in the Bauer article, children in older fairy tales, even if they are fay and dainty creatures, are rarely whimpering weaklings completely at the mercy of those around them.  They’re smart and resourceful, even occasionally brutal, as demonstrated by Gretel’s act of shoving the witch into the oven.  Sometime around the Victorian era our conception of kids began to change–we started to see them as weak, dependent and malleable, and so too kids’ stories changed with the times.  The violence and sexual undertones of the old tales were bowdlerized, watered down or eliminated altogether.  But the fable of Hansel and Gretel has endured the decades of shifting social, political and psychological views of children, a testament to its unique appeal.

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Scott Gustafson – Hansel and Gretel

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Scott Gustafson – Hansel and Gretel (detail)

The Art of Scott Gustafson

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Ana Juan – Hansel and Gretel

Arthur Levine Books: Ana Juan

Scholastic: Ana Juan

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Arthur Rackham – Hansel and Gretel

Wikipedia: Arthur Rackham

BPIP: Arthur Rackham

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Hermann Vogel – Hansel and Gretel (1894)

Wikipedia: Hermann Vogel

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Kay Neilsen – Hansel and Gretel

Art Passions: Kay Neilsen

Wikipedia: Kay Neilsen

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Ludwig Richter – Hansel and Gretel

Wikipedia: Adrian Ludwig Richter

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Rene Cloke – Hansel and Gretel (1930s)

Cute Animal Art: Rene Cloke

Additional Resources:

Ellen Turning Pages: Hansel and Gretel (Has some nice large scans of the book illustrated by Rie Cramer.)

Wikipedia: Hansel and Gretel

A fairly in-depth discussion of Hansel and Gretel at Absolute Astronomy.