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Edmund Dulac Art and Illustration

Edmund Dulac's illustrations from: Arabian Nights, Beauty and the Beast, Dreamer of Dreams, Daughters of the Stars, Edmund Dulac's Picture Book for the Red Cross, Fairies I have Met, Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, The Garden of Paradise, Gods and Mortals in Love, Kingdom of the Pearl, Le Papillon Rouge, The Little Mermaid, The Raven and Other Poems, The Rubaiyat, Stealers of Light, The Snow Queen, Tanglewood Tales, The Tempest. In addition to book illustrations, Dulac also illustrated magazines, and designed stamps and banknotes.

Also see Edmund Dulac Catalog by Book

Le Papillon Rouge: The Entomologist's Dream

Edmund Dulac, The Entomologist's Dream, illustration to Le Papillon Rouge, 1909

The Entomologist's Dream is an illustration for the story, Le Papillon Rouge (The Red Butterfly) by Gerard D'Houville. The story was published in the Christmas 1909 edition of L'Illustration, the French news and art magazine. In the story, the entomologist is driven mad by his failure to find a blood red butterfly for the lady whose attentions he seeks. One night, after many years of searching, he ransacks his entire butterfly collection. As he frees the insects from their cases, they magically wake and fly off into the night. The entomologist is heartbroken, and is discovered dead in the morning.

Stealers of Light

Stealers of Light (1916) is another tale that Dulac illustrated by Marie, Queen King of Romania, 1875-1938. She was born a British royal princess, Princess Marie of Edinburgh. At 16, she married Ferdinand I of Romania after turning down a marriage to her first cousin, King George V of England. During her reign, Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, making her adopted country synonymous with vampires. Being a princess was hard enough, but being Queen of Transylvania was even more difficult.

Kingdom of the Pearl

The Kingdom of the Pearl was written by well-known Parisian jeweler, Leonard Rosenthan, in 1919 and published in Paris as Au Royaume de la Perle. He commissioned Dulac for 10 illustrations for the deluxe English edition published in 1920 in London by Nisbet & Co. They are done in a Persian miniature style, but uniquely Dulac.

Edmund Dulac's Picture Book for the Red Cross

The picture book was Dulac's contribution to WWI relief efforts. He also contributed to Princess Mary's Gift Book.

Beauty and the Beast

Daughters of the Stars

Only two Dulac illustrations were completed when The Daughters of the Stars was published in 1939, earlier than planned due to the outbreak of WWII. He designed the entire volume, including the chapter heads and scroll designs.

Edmund Dulac illustration to Daughters of the Stars, Astrella
Astrella - The next minute the Wind was Beneath Them

Edmund Dulac illustration to Daughters of the Stars, The Captain Greeted Them as Honored Guests
The Captain Greeted Them as Honored Guests

Dulac Illustrations by Book

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arabian nights

beauty and the beast

dreamer of dreams

edmund dulac's picture book for the red cross

fairies i have met

fairy tales of hans christian andersen

edmund dulac's fairy book

garden of paradise

gods and mortals in love

kingdom of the pearl

entomologist's dream

the little mermaid

the nightingale

princess mary's gift book

the raven and other poems

the rubaiyat

stealers of light

the snow queen

tanglewood tales

the tempest

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