1001 NIGHTS A TASCHEN XXL LIMITED EDITION ART PORTFOLIO and COMPANION BOOK! These are brand new, direct FROM Taschen and packaged as they came from them!This extra-large fine art portfolio revives Kay Nielsens illustrations for a world heritage classic, A Thousand and One Nights. Printed for the first time ever in five colors including gold, the 21 prints are reproduced directly from Nielsens original watercolors, allowing his sumptuous hues and rich influences to dazzle. A companion book features image descriptions, essays, and other rarely seen artworks.
In the late 1910s, in a Europe ravaged by World War I, Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen put the finishing touches on his illustrations of A Thousand and One Nights. The results are considered masterpieces of early 20th-century illustration: bursting with sumptuous colors of deep blues, reds, and gold leaf, and evoking all the magic of this legendary collection of Indo-Persian and Arabic folktales, compiled between the 8th and 13th centuries.
In the financially strapped postwar climate, however, publishers retreated from Nielsens project and the publication never happened. A rising star, Nielsen moved on to other work, and the spectacular pen, ink, and watercolor images of this world heritage classicremained under lock and key for 40 years. Published just once in the 1970s, the illustrations were rescued from oblivion after Nielsens death in 1957 and are now held by the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, and in two private collections.Published for the first time ever in five colors including gold, this unique presentation of fine art prints revives all 21 strikingly beautiful illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsens original watercolorsthe only complete set of his beloved illustrations to have survived. Each illustration is presented individually in an extra-large format and on fine art paper, allowing Nielsens graphic mastery and rich array of influences, from Art Nouveau to Japanese woodcuts to Indian painting, to dazzle. The set includes a 144-page hardcover book also printed in five colors, featuring descriptions of all of the images, and three generously illustrated essays on the making of this series, the origin of Nielsens unique imagery, and a history of the tales. In addition, the accompanying book features many unpublished or rarely seen artworks by Nielsen, as well as all 23 of the incredibly intricate black-and-white drawings Nielsen also created for the original publication. This is a rare chance to own exceptional reproductions of this highly influential artists only surviving complete set of watercolors. Limited and numbered edition of 5,000 copies.
Noel Daniel is a graduate of Princeton University and a former Fulbright Scholar to Berlin. She earned an MA in London and was director of a photography gallery before editing books. Her TASCHEN publications include East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Wintertime Tales, Magic, and The Circus. Cynthia Burlingham has been Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles since 2011.She is also the director of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, a position she assumed in 2005 after holding various curatorial positions at the Grunwald Center. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has lectured and written extensively on the history of prints and drawings from the 16th through the 20th century. Margaret Sironval received a PhD in literature from the Sorbonne, and was a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris from 1981 to 2005. She has published numerous articles and organized exhibitions on A Thousand and One Nights.
She is the author of The Album of A Thousand and One Nights (2005) and A Thousand and One Nights (2011), in which she analyzes the transmission of the tales. British art historian Colin White specializes in early-20th-century illustration, including the work of golden age legends Edmund Dulac, Jessie M. King, Thomas Mackenzie, and Kay Nielsen. His published works include biographies of Dulac and King, a forthcoming biography of Nielsen, and an essay in TASCHENs East of the Sun and West of the Moon(2015). He has also written on sentimentality in art, Edward Ardizzone, and W.FOR MORE ILLUSTRATED and ART books I have listed which is usually a lot! For any of the other hundreds of items I have available use the link at the bottom of the page. About Me & This Item.. I promise everything there is to know about this item is in this description.
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