Kay Nielsen. 1001 NightsHardcover, 12.3 x 12.3 in., 2.99 lb, 144 pages60Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
This stunning edition of Kay Nielsen’s illustrations for a world heritage classic, A Thousand and One Nights, highlights his unique, vivid imagery and features history, description, and essays on the making of this series. It also offers rarely-seen colorful artworks by Nielsen and the drawings he created for his original publication.
First published as a limited Collector’s Edition, now available in an unlimited edition
Kay Nielsen’s A Thousand and One Nights60
Visions of 1,001 Nights
The exquisite storybook of Kay Nielsen’s enchanting tale illustrations
However, publishers retreated from Nielsen's project in the financially strapped postwar climate, and the publication never happened. A rising star, Nielsen moved on to other work. This world heritage classic's spectacular pen, ink, and watercolor images 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.
This publication is a unique compilation of fine art prints and stunning illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsen's original watercolors—the only complete set of his extraordinary drawings to have survived. The book features descriptions of all of the images and three generously illustrated essays on the making of this series, the origin of Nielsen's unique imagery, and a history of the tales. In addition, it shows many unpublished or rarely seen artworks by Nielsen and intricate black-and-white drawings Nielsen created for the original publication.
Kay Nielsen. 1001 NightsHardcover, 31.2 x 31.2 cm, 1.35 kg, 144 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-9563-6Edition: English, French, German
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