Pixie Wings - The Fairy Variations




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Published on Jul 23, 2013

94 vintage fairy paintings and illustrations by 36 artists, all set to Jody Kruskal's concertina tune, "Pixie Wings." www:jodykruskal.com


From voluptuous naked women and men to the purity of children and babies, these fairy creatures embody a form that is both human and otherworldly. Fairy images of winged magical beings remind us of our buried innocence, our unlimited potential and our precarious existence in a world we cannot fully understand. The paintings remind us of ancient powers hidden in the earth and sky.

The fairies depicted seem to be benign, yet mostly disinterested in the worldly affairs of man. They can be cute, charming and playful, alluring or distant, frighteningly powerful or merely will o' the wisp apparitions that mystify us. The subjects range from the contemplative quiet of solitude to wild revelers engaging in riotous orgies.

Most of the paintings I've chosen are from the 19th century, the golden age of fairy art. British Victorian painters of the romantic era and the popular illustrators that followed them, all place fairies deeply in the natural world... a world that has been mainly lost to modern people in our industrialized society. Perhaps that is why we are still so fascinated by the wee folk, the good folk, the brownies, sprites, fairies and pixies.


John Atkinson
Cicely Mary Barker
Wright Barker
William Blake
Nils Blommer
Molly Brett
Frances Isabelle Brundage
Kinuko Craft
George Cruikshank
Etheline E. Dell
Gustave Doré
Richard Doyle
Edmund Dulac
Luis Ricardo Falero
John Anster Christian Fitzgerald
Henry Fuseli
Johann Heinrich Fussli
Harold Gaze
John Atkinson Grimshaw
Florence Harrison
Oskar Herrfurth
Johan August Malmstrom
William Miller
Evelyn de Morgan
Amelia Jane Murray
John George Naish
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
Sir Joseph Noel Paton
Arthur Rackham
Henry Meynell Rheam
Georges Antoine Rochegrosse
Moritz von Schwind
Millicent Sowerby
Helen Stratton
Margaret Winifred Tarrant
Milo Winter

At 5:37 you can see the only modern fairy featured, "Claire's Wings" © 2001 Kinuko Y. Craft All Rights Reserved  www.kycraft.com , used with permission of the artist. As with many of these works, I cropped the painting to fit the video format. The full original can be viewed here: http://www.akropola.org/galerije/slik...

Disclaimer: I believe that all the other art presented is in the public domain. No copyright infringement intended.


"Pixie Wings" by Jody Kruskal is played on a G/D Anglo Concertina made by Colin and Rosalie Dipper. The tune is played eight times through and the variations are subtle ones of texture and articulation. It is intended that the repetitive nature of this music should allow it to recede and support the images.

This is one of the tracks on the CD "Cool Tunes for Hot Dances" and is also published in written form in the tune collection of the same name. Both available here:

You and your friends can dance to this tune, in a contemporary English Country Playford style, thanks to choreographer Mary Devlin. http://www.mdevlin.com/dance/dances/k...


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