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Tribute to Kay Nielsen

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Published on Mar 16, 2009

Kay Nielsen, (1886-1957) was a Danish illustrator, was born in Copenhagen of an illustrious theater family, and studied art in Paris. He was popular in the early 20th century, the "golden age of illustration" which lasted from when Daniel Vierge and other pioneers developed printing technology to the point that drawings and paintings could be reproduced with reasonable facility, He joined the ranks of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac in enjoying the success of the gift books of the early 20th century.

His father was Professor Martinius Nielsen, an actor, later to become the managing director of the Dagmartheater in Copenhagen, and his mother was Oda Larssen, a celebrated actress. Because of his parent's professional lives, he grew up surrounded by people of the Scandinavian theater, including such celebrities as Ibsen, Grieg and Bjornsen (Conmire 1979).
To his artistic influences must be added John Bauer,the great Swedish fairy tale artist.
Echoes of his forests and trees lurk in the backgrounds of many of Nielsen's paintings.
Art Nouveau and The Birmingham School, as exemplified by Jessie M. King, were also part of the raw materials he assimilated in search of a style.

Music by : Midori - Secrets

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