fredag 30 maj 2014

Hit the road, Jack!

Previously I have shown some examples of how Gustaf Tenggren reused old material. As a master illustrator of fairy tales he was bound to turn back to the classics several times throughout his career. In this case it's interesting to follow his styles as they develop through years, one each decade. The first time he illustrated Jack and the Beanstalk it was included in The Read Fairy Book, compiled by Andrew Lang. After that he made three more versions, all of them great works of art.
Jack and the Beanstalk of the twenties:
The Red Fairy Book,  David McKay, 1924
Jack and the Beanstalk of the thirties:
The New York World Sunday Magazine, 1930
Kerlan collection of the University of Minnesota Libraries
with permissions from the Archives and Special Collections
Jack and the Beanstalk of the forties: 
The Tenggren Tell-it-Again Book. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1942
Jack and the Beanstalk of the fifties:
Tenggren's Jack and the Beanstalk. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953

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