Monday, September 15, 2014

New Book: Classics Reimagined, Grimm's Fairy Tales by Yann Legendre (Illustrator)

Classics Reimagined, Grimm's Fairy Tales by Wilhelm Grimm (Author), Jacob Grimm (Author), Yann Legendre (Illustrator) was released this month and has some fascinating illustrations of Grimms. Although I have shared the color illustration work primarily below, the B&W is my favorite from the previews I have seen. But one color image of Aschenputtel below is a new favorite, too. Of course, the publisher uses Cinderella as the name here but if there are Grimms involved and a tree, it's Aschenputtel folks!

I haven't seen the book itself yet but it's definitely an art book. The Amazon preview also allows you to read some of the text which is the fairly standard renditions of Grimms--I didn't bother to try to identify the translation.

I'll start with images of the Table of Contents so you can see the tales included:

Book description:

Rockport revisits these classics in a new series lushly illustrated by some of today's most endearing and sought-after artists. These aren't your typical classics--our artists reinterpret these stories and create a stunning presentation unlike any you've ever seen. Book enthusiasts and artisans will want to collect the entire series. French artist Yann Legendre takes readers on a beautiful journey through the stories by the brothers Grimm, with his luscious imagery. These stories take on a whole new meaning when accompanied by Legendre's mystical, colorful interpretations. This edition of the Classics Reimagined series will excite and enthrall all!?

About the Illustrator

Yann Legendre is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer and art director based in Paris. His illustrations have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Reader, Perspective Magazine, le Monde... He is the art director of the French publisher Inculte, designing each book cover and every illustrated book series. He regularly creates illustrations for Universal Music in London, the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Janus Films and the Criterion Collection in New York. In 2011, CB2 (Crate & Barrel) commissioned him to illustrate a new collection of furniture called "Fresh Ink". In 2010 he started a collaboration with the filmmaker Joe Swanberg, designing and illustrating all of the director's movie posters. Yann received an Award of Excellence for the best movie poster design from the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Okay, we all know by now that I love illustrations of Aschenputtel with her tree. This is one of my new favorites.

This appears to be for Frog King. It's in the end papers.

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