Who didn’t love to hear a good old fairy tale to tuck them in at night? We have all seen and read wonderful renditions of the Brothers Grimm stories with beautiful princesses and evil stepmothers. However, this collaboration with the well-celebrated contemporary artist David Hockney, provides a different insight into the true tales of the Brothers Grimm. Originally published in 1970 by the British Royal Academy of Arts, Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm was reissued in 2012 featuring Hockney’s bizarre and brilliant drawings for the selected tales.
“What makes Hockney’s visual interpretation especially enchanting is that while traditional fairy tale images tend to rely on beauty and color to create magic and contrast the beautiful and the ugly to distinguish between good and evil, even the princesses in his black-and-white illustrations are unassuming, ugly even; where ornate, detailed imagery would ordinarily fill the traditional visual vignette, Hockney’s ample use of negative space invites the imagination to roam freely. Perhaps above all, his haunting, scary, architectural illustrations serve as a testament to J.R.R. Tolkien’s assertion that, even if they might appeal to the young, fairy tales are not written “for children.”’
Text by Maria Popova
via Brain Pickings