GARDENS OF FAIRIES

Dreams of Artist that never grew up

Towards the end of the 18th century, with the Anglo-Swiss painter Heinrich Füssli, the fashion that became known as “Fairy painting” began to develop, a tipically anglosaxon pictorial trend. The greater part of Fussli’s and his followers’ productions were tied to pictorial interpretations of “A mid summer’s night’s dream”, a theatrical opera by William Shakespeare, but many other artists went much further, drawing inspiration from folk-stories, they began to devise enchanted worlds that, to this day, stupefy for the fantasy, the poetry and dream-like atmosphere.
This vein, exausted in the first few decades of the 20th century, gained new vigour in the sixties, expecially in the field of “comics” illustrations, bringing forth a new Fairy iconography and to new oneiric dimensions.

Conference time:
approx 1hr, with projection of 35 slides.

On the subject see my articles:
Fairy Painters, ATMOSPHERE n°90 (mar. '99)
The return of the Fairies, ATMOSPHERE n°76 (oct.-nov. '01)

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