May 25, 2016

Adrienne Segur: Quietly Popular Fairy Tale Illustrator

Perhaps you've seen her fairy tale illustrations and do not realize the artist behind them. Think of big-eyed little heroines and gorgeously rendered cats. Think of adorable elves and rich colors that seldom fall into the wrong side of pastel, but never over power. Think of illustrations that are surprisingly densely filled with detail.

Think of Adrienne Segur (1901 to 1981), a French illustrator about whom very little seems to have been written, but whose work is popular all over the internet. And, depending on your age, maybe between 40-60, you may very well know Adrienne Segur's illustrations from The Golden Book of Fairy Tales, the cover of which is the first illustration here. It may be one of my favorite book covers of all time.

Segur's work, I think, lends itself best to young children's books, and I think her art would be perfect for a little girl's bedroom. You can find a huge range of her work at Art Passions--a site replete with fairy tale and Pre-Raphaelite images. You can also link to some gorgeous prints to buy there. In any case, if you love art, you should visit Art Passions, and if you want to be swept back to childhood, check Segur's work.

In order, the images are The Golden Book of Fairy Tales cover, "Baba Yaga's Cat," "The Ugly Duckling," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Puss in Boots."








5 comments

  1. Wow, Art Passions is a great site! Besides all the fairy eye candy, there are all sorts of fairy tale inspired items for purchase. They generously let you use many of their photos for your own background too. Thank you for posting this and introducing another wonderful artist I was not familiar with.

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    1. I've been in love with this site for almost 10 years. I wish it got more attention. It deserves it.

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  2. Beautiful! Art Passions is new to me, thank you for the introduction.

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    1. Warning: Art Passions is totally addictive. When I first found it, I spent a lot of time there!

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  3. I didn't know about Art Passions before! Thank you for sharing:)

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