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KAY NIELSEN'S A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. Kay Nielsen et al. Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH, Cologne, 2016. 144 pp. 30 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783836532266 In English.
Due date: December 2016. Publisher's description: In the late 1910s, in a Europe ravaged by World War I, Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen put the finishing touches on his illustrations of A Thousand and One Nights. The results are considered masterpieces of early 20th-century illustration: bursting with sumptuous colors of deep blues, reds, and gold leaf, and evoking all the magic of this legendary collection of Indo-Persian and Arabic folktales, compiled between the 8th and 13th centuries. In the financially strapped postwar climate, however, publishers retreated from Nielsen's project and the publication never happened. A rising star, Nielsen moved on to other work, and the spectacular pen, ink, and watercolor images of this world heritage classic remained under lock and key for 40 years. Published just once in the 1970s, the illustrations were rescued from oblivion after Nielsen's death in 1957 and are now held by the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, and in two private collections. Published for the first time ever in five colors including gold, this unique presentation of fine art prints revives all 21 strikingly beautiful illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsen's original watercolors -- the only complete set of his beloved illustrations to have survived.
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174928
Hardcover $150.00 Not Yet Published.

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