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Fairy Tales are the myths we live by

Arguably, Art Passions is the oldest Fairy Tale Art website on the net. Art Passions began primarily as a tribute to artists and illustrators whose works I grew up with. I encourage you to explore this site and learn about the works of Arthur Rackham, Gustave Dore, William Morris, John Bauer, Aubrey Beardsley, Edmund Dulac, Virginia Frances Sterrett, Kay Nielsen, Adrienne Segur, Warwick Goble, the Preraphaelites and others.

Latest Additions

September: I finished my angel tiles, made nine new dragon tiles, and started some Chaucer tiles and didn't do anything on fairytales. Sebastian wrote a blog post on The dragons of Wales. He featured some of my tiles!

August: I have great news. Sebastian will be doing more blog posts as He's planning a dragon sequel, since I have taken such an interest in bestiaries of late. Look for it toward the end of August and I will announce it here. I am very much looking to more "Fairy Tale Scholarship" posts from Sebastian.

More about the blog, I did the first of two posts on the Days of Creation angels. Days of Creation is interesting on many levels -- it has crime, intrigue, myth, and a story. I've added an artprint and I have it on my todo list to add Preraphaelite fairy tale images here.

Also, I put up the Art Passions Arthur Rackham 2016 calendar. It's a 15-month calendar, starting in October 2015. It has good size boxes for saving appointments and due dates. I have done my best to make the images good quality so you can use them as posters when the calendar is over. But the software is not very friendly with big images and doing it was a frustrating time pit. I am going to hold off on making calendars for any of the other artists until I get some feedback on the quality. People have not always been delighted with the quality from third-party printing but I hope this will work out. Calendars are a great low-cost way to get posters. Stay tuned.

I hope to get back on the mobile-friendly website soon and I will add more images at that time.

July: John Bauer, Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen pages are now mobile-friendly. I added more than 50 new John Bauer images, including many from Bland Tomtar och Troll and the Bauer cover to Till Sagolandet (To Fairyland). The Bauer page now also has the story of Princess Tuvstarr and Leap the Elk. On the Edmund Dulac page, I filled in some holes in the existing illustrations, replacing others with better versions. New Edmund Dulac illustrations include The Tempest and Gods and Mortals in Love. All of In Powder and Crinoline and Red Magic have been added to the Kay Nielsen page.

June: The Adrienne Segur page is now mobile-friendly. I also added all of the illustrations to Ib and Christine.

Not so new: Added 8 pages of biographical information on Adrienne Segur (The Fairy Tale Book). Translated them, too, so I'm still flaunting. Prints for these will be at the sister site, Artsy Craftsy soon.

Anniversary Freebies: Art Passions is 17 years old and has a few wrinkles. Celebrate with us by downloading some free art prints. Yes, they're really free. Thank you all for being wonderful.

Earlier: Added Daughters of the Stars illustrations to Edmund Dulac gallery. Also added 35 new illustrations to Adrienne Segur. The complete illustrations to Alice in Wonderland and The Red Shoes.

Books: Are you looking for The Fairy Tale Book with the Adrienne Segur illustrations? Don't spend $300 on the original (unless you want to). It has been republished as The Golden Book of Fairy Tales.

Art Passions Blog: The Art Passions blog is back. Sebastian has been going to school in Boulder and the Art Passions Blog has been neglected. No one spins a yarn quite like Sebastian. I'll add announcements there as well as on Facebook. Look for a new article coming soon on the Days of Creation Angels.

Stories: Stories, fairy tales retold, and a little commentary are listed here: Stories, including the Princess and the Pea retold by XineAnn. McGraw-Hill is going to use this story in one of its textbooks so I am motivated to do more, as time allows.

Pages to Color I've also added some of the black and white Anne Anderson illustrations from Grimms Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. These are suitable for printing out for children to color. Images are from The Frog Prince, the Snow Queen and others. These will focus on fine motor skills but are not so detailed as to be frustrating for elementary age children. Are these something anyone wants? If these are popular, write me and I'll do some more.

News and Announcements

Currently working on: I have several incomplete projects: Updating the artist pages, fixing broken links. All of that is tedious so I will add some new articles and retold tales while it goes on.

I am working on fixing the links, after the move and making the site mobile-friendly. Expect things to break fifty ways to Sunday as this happens. Inlinks from other sites should work and the custom 404 (Not Found) pages that will help you get where you are going. If you are on a desktop, things should display okay. Mobile and tablet are going to be painful for a while longer. The Site Map should help and getting that current is a high priority. Also, I'm semi-retired now so I'll add some links to my tile and art print website and some recommended books and stuff to buy. I'll keep it not-in-your-face, though.

Progress Meter: There are have been two problems, one overcome. First, the old hosting company implemented something called "CPU Throttling" that makes the site unavailable when traffic peaks on the server. I have moved Art Passions to another hosting company that doesn't do that. As in all moves, things break. Please be patient. Ideally, I'd have a dedicated server for Art Passions, but I need to either start selling more prints and tile for that to happen. Second, Art Passions is a pretty old website. Increasingly, site visitors are on tablets, not computers, so making the site mobile friendly is a big priority.

Artist in the queue:
    Florence Harrison (done but not up), Edward Detmold, Charles and W.Heath Robinson, Arthur Dixon.

Next tasks: Verify Site Map and make mobile friendly, then William Morris pages, Free Fairy Backgrounds and Bookmarks and coloring pages for summer, stories to read, then the artist pages.

First time here?

Confused? Some places to start:

Site Contents by Artist


William Morris Page

Latest additions

Illustrated stories online

Art Prints: Fairy Tales, Mythology, and Fables

Free fairy backgrounds

Site Map (not at all complete)

FAQ Do read before you contact me.

Anne Anderson pages to download and color

Search by keyword

Alice in Wonderland

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Robinson Crusoe

Send a Fairy Tale postcard (Currently broken)

The Real Princess and The Princess and the Pea Exposed

Sebastian's Fairy Tale Scholarship (quiet since he's in school)

How to color Ukrainian eggs (Psanky)

The cats' homepage

XineAnn's home page and practical matters

XineAnn's Favorite Poems

Cards, Postcards, Calendars

Make your own products from Art Passions Images

and the kitchen sink.

What Else is Here...

It's more than just a gallery.

Artists: Some artpassions visitors who are also artists show some of their work here.

Postcards are currently broken, but check back!

Questions? I may have answered it in the FAQ. If not, you can write to me using the link at the bottom of this page. I can't really help you appraise art by these artists, or help you write a term paper that's due tomorrow morning.

Resources: I try to keep Art Passions non-commercial, although there are some links to art prints and tile, and books. Since I'm retired, and Social Security does not go as far as you might think, I'll add a few more. Whatever resources I have for finding books or posters by these artists are listed in the FAQ and book recommendation / resources pages. Sets of art tiles, murals, and accent tiles by these artists are available via William Morris Tile, and many of these illustrations are available as prints are available at Artsy Craftsy. If you don't find a print there, ask and I may be able to get it for you. Also, if you do follow any links to Amazon, you are supporting the Children's Healing Art Project, whose teacher lead over fifty hours of art adventures for children and their families at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Knight Cancer Institute, the OHSU Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic and Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center.

Viewing the images: Not all images can be displayed inline on the artist page. Follow the link to see a showcase image on its own page. A few of these may open in a new tab or window, but I think I have removed all of these.

News!: For a few years now, I have not been able much in the way of new images due to hotlinking of images (explained in the FAQ and have even had to remove some of the most popular victims of hotlinks. However, I think I have solved this, so you will find me adding more art and artists now. I'm really happy about this. You are still more than welcome to post images from Art Passions to your blog or Pinterest or Tumblr page. No problems there.

Suggestions: Where I know of historical sites on the artist, I have linked to those. If I have missed a great site, please suggest a resource. I really value your comments and feedback.

Problems: Sometimes things go down, sometimes I am working on an area of the site and it's offline. So if an artist you are looking for is suddenly not available, check back in a day or two. Please do not webstrip the site. It makes me have a bad day.

Copyright questions? You can find the current state of this issue on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Site Contents by Artist

Adrienne Segur, The Seven Crow Princes

Adrienne Segur

This is really where Art Passions started You will find Adrienne Segur's illustrations to The Fairy Tale book by Marie Ponsot.

Also: My Book of Cat Stories, The Snow Queen, Ib and Christine, and The Nutcracker.

Most recent: Added all the illustrations to L'Oiseau D'Or.

John Bauer

John Bauer

John Bauer's famous trolls and illustrations to nordic myths and tales.

Most recent: More than 50 new illustrations and paintings from Bland Tomtar Och Troll, Till Sagolandet, and later paintings.

Edmund Dulac

Edmund Dulac

Edmund Dulac's illustrations grace such hard-to-find classics as his Dreamer of Dreams, The Fairy Book, and his Picture Book for the Red Cross.

Also: Arabian Nights, Sinbad the Sailor, and The Rubaiyat.

Most recent: New Edmund Dulac illustrations include The Tempest and Gods and Mortals in Love.

Kay Nielsen

Kay Nielsen

Kay Nielsen illustrations to Grimm's Fairy Tales, Old Tales from the North, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales and others.

Most recent: All of In Powder and Crinoline and Red Magic added to the Kay Nielsen page.

Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham art Really, too many Rackham illustrations to list, including Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, Gulliver's Travels, Wind in the Willows.

Also Twilight of the Gods, The Ring, The Wonder Book, Goblin Market, and others.

Most recent: Complete The Wonder Book.

Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish

Dinky Bird, Ecstasy, Cinderella, and others. Maxfield Parrish illustrations to Poems of Childhood and elsewhere.

Most recent: 14 new images images have been added to Maxfield Parrish. Replaced some older poorer quality images with new scans.

Fairy Art

Fairies and Faeries

Fairy art images collections from the illustrations of Arthur Rackham, Gustave Dore, Edmund Dulac, and others. Also: A special collection of Rackham fairies only.

Main Fairy Page (with artist sublinks)
Uncataloged Fairies

Virginia Frances Sterrett

Virginia Frances Sterrett

Old French Fairy Tales, Arabian Nights, and Tanglewood Tales.

Most recent: The complete color illustrations all her three published books have been added to Virginia Frances Sterrett.

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tale Art

Illustrations to the best loved fairy tales from Andersen, Perrault, Brothers Grimm, La Fontaine.

Most recent: I am working on this section so you will be able to find images by Fairy Tale as well as by Artist.

Gustave Dore

Gustave Doré

Collections from The Raven, The Bible, The Divine Comedy, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Tennyson's Elaine, Perrault's Fairy Tales, Paradise List.

Most recent: Replaced poor quality Ancient Mariner images with new scans from the 1876 elephant folio edition and completed the section. Replaced the poor quality Raven images with new scans from the 1884 edition and completed the section. Added cover scan and list of illustrations with the respective engravers.

Jessie M. King

Jessie M. King

Jessie Marion King's illustrations illustrations to Seven Happy Days and House of Pomegranates Coming soon: The Rubaiyat and The Defence of Guinevere.

Most recent: Added all the illustrations to A House of Pomegranates. William Morris and the PreRaphaelites

William Morris

and the PreRaphaelites

Images of the patterns and artwork of William Morris and the Preraphaelites. Currently working on these pages.

Anne Anderson

Anne Anderson

Anne Anderson illustrations to Old, Old Fairy Tales, Grimms Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales.

Most recent: Also The Wonder Book, Aladdin, Mother Goose, Heidi and more. Parents and teachers are encouraged to download and copy the pages to color.

N.C. Wyeth illustrations to Robinson Crusoe

N.C. Wyeth Illustrations

The online text of Robinson Crusoe with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth.

Coming Soon: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne.

Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley

Images by Aubrey Beardsley from Salomé, The Yellow Book, Le Morte D'Arthur, and the Victorian parodies / erotica.

Most recent: Le Morte d'Arthur images have been added to Aubrey Beardsley. The images that were causing trouble have moved to their own page. School filter software should block it.

Warwick Goble

Warwick Goble

Il Pentermone, Book of Fairy Poetry, Myths, Goddesses, Magical Creatures.

Most recent: The complete illustrations to The Book of Fairy Poetry added to Warwick Goble.

Complete Stories

Alice in Wonderland

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Robinson Crusoe

The Tale of Princess Tuvstarr and the Fish Pond

The Real Princess and The Princess and the Pea Exposed

Pages to download and color (for pre-readers)

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Links We Like

A couple of these are our sister sites

Art Passions Fairy Tale Scholarship blog

Endicott Studio

Art of Narrative

Sur La Lune Annotated Fairy Tales

Art Magick

Journal of Mythic Arts

Sacred Texts

Open Culture

Center for Story and Symbol Resources

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Old Book Illustrations

Art of Myth and Fairy Tale (art prints)

William Morris articles at William Morris Tile

Contacting Art Passions

You can write the webmistress and include your email address and we'll do our best to answer human communications as soon as possible with one exception: "I have an old picture by so-and-so and I want to know what it's worth." I'll ignore those because 1. There are several of those a week, 2. I'm not an appraiser and not qualified to answer, and 3. Worth depends on condition. Get a referral from a small, local bookstore (if you can find one), or your local college art department.

You can also use the phone number in the footer to leave a message. That phone number goes to Google voicemail except for one hour a day because it has become the Internet Fairytale Library Reference Desk phone number and rings at all hours of the day and night. Sorry about that. Leave a message, or use the web form.

Many questions are addressed in the FAQ. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions. If the answer is there, and you send me an email, I'll give you a brief answer and tell you to look there for more discussion. I do get a lot of mail, and I like that. I just don't like typing the same answer over and over.