|(Scene from In Powder and in Crinoline. How lovely is that flamingo?)|
|(1, 2, GORGEOUS costume concepts!)|
His watercolors (his medium of choice for most of his illustrations) are simply a breath of fresh air. They make me want to keep looking, keep analyzing, keep trying to discover what the story that accompanies them must be about and what secrets there might be hidden in the folds of dresses or the stars in his skies. Though each image accompanies a story, each image is also capable of standing alone as a daring and detailed work in the Art Nouveau style. Nielsen's visual interpretation of the stories bring them to life in a way that would not be possible or even believable in a more realistic style. His interpretations of the characters and the mood of the story are delightfully accurate. I just love all of the whimsy.
|(Two of Nielsen's visions for The Little Mermaid: 1, 2. I ADORE his concept of the castle!)|
|(Hans Christian Andersen's The Princess and the Pea)|
|("Then He Carried Her Home," from East of the Sun, West of the Moon)|