Captivating Illustrations of Classic Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm

Once upon a time, fairy tales were stories intended for adults. They do not necessarily have the happy endings Disney has led us to believe. In those stories, animals talked, faeries and forest spirits lived, and ordinary objects had inexplicable capabilities. Oftentimes, the heroine does not ride off into the sunset in the arms of a dashing prince. Some were unknowingly impregnated, treated like slaves, while others are sent to live with princes that had been transformed into beasts.

Most fairy tales nowadays are sugar-coated versions of the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm. While other writers also collected and published tales emphasizing morals and tradition, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's collection stood out among the rest. They did not hesitate to describe gruesome acts while still stressing the dominance of good over evil.

Illustrations of Classic Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

33 Images of Princesses According to the Brothers Grimm

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of 'Children's and Household Tales', here are some illustrations I enjoyed as I read fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. They depict the scenes carefully gathered from different sources who did not hesitate to impart their knowledge of folklore.

Beauty and the Beast

La Belle et la Bête
La Belle et la Bête

BELLE
BELLE

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast - 1
Beauty and the Beast - 1

Cinderella

Cinderella
Cinderella

Cinderella
Cinderella

Cinderella-6
Cinderella-6

Cenicienta
Cenicienta

Harry Clarke's Fairy Tales
Harry Clarke's Fairy Tales

The Slipper Fits
The Slipper Fits

Rapunzel

Rapunzel
Rapunzel

Rapunzel
Rapunzel

Rapunzel
Rapunzel

Rapunzel
Rapunzel

Klimt Style - Rapunzel
Klimt Style - Rapunzel

Rapunzel
Rapunzel

Sleeping Beauty

Rosebud
Rosebud

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

Vintage Sleeping Beauty Illustration - Witch Spinning
Vintage Sleeping Beauty Illustration - Witch Spinning

Snow White

Snow White
Snow White

Snow White
Snow White

Snowdrop (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
Snowdrop (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

Snow White Illustration
Snow White Illustration

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

12 Dancing Princesses
12 Dancing Princesses

Golden Wood
Golden Wood

Trap Door
Trap Door

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Twelve Dancing Princesses

12 Dancing Princesses
12 Dancing Princesses

The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces

Conclusion

I hope this round-up of images inspired you to read more tales by the Brothers Grimm. If you have your own illustrations of fairytale characters of the non-Disney variety, share them with us in the comments section below!

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