Captivating Illustrations of Classic Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm

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!

Cadence is a senior blogger at You the Designer, a graphic design blog that features news, tips, trends, and tutorials for designers. Her quest to share her appreciation for graphic design and photography has led her to contribute articles for different sites. Cadence is also interested in the business and advertising side of things, being a wannabe marketer herself.

Comments

  1. / Reply

    Very, very, very nice collection – thanks for sharing!

    • Saya,
    • February 10, 2012
    / Reply

    Your collection shows and confirms how artists viewed the subject in such wide range. How “Fairly Tale” concept can be changed through artist interpretation. From modern approach to traditional (compare “Klmit Style – Rapunzel” with Sleeping Beauty”)
    Regarding Disney Fairly Tale Style; I see it as a version, a very commercial version of this interpretation, but unfortunately with their power they shadowed all other styles and became the only one people know.
    Thanks for taking time and complying this.

  2. / Reply

    fantastic photo gallery
    i love it
    thanks for sharing

  3. / Reply

    Thanks, Candence, for posting three of my pictures, inluding the first one, from Cinderella,”The Slipper Fits.” Sadly, most of my fairy tales are out of print. Happily, a new edition The Twelve Dancing Princesses, has just been released in March, 2012. Folks that would like to see more fairy tale images can visit my website http://www.ruthsanderson.com. Thanks again. – Ruth

  4. / Reply

    what you have said in this article has deeply impressed me and i wish you can write more about this subject.

    • Tammy,
    • May 24, 2012
    / Reply

    I have a “print” that is marked plate 40 in the bottom right hand corner. It has fancy lettering which reads Nursery Rhymes and shows a man in a striped robe (black and white with blue); he has white long hair and his face is in profile as he holds a book in front of him as if reading with a large red moon (?) behind him. It is plastic wrap and has no name, just the plate 40 marking. Is this a picture you are familiar with as from The Brothers Grimm or is it some other set of nursery rhymes?

    Thanks for anything you might know about this plate.

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