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Jean de Bosschère: Art for Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends


Jean de Bosschère (1878-1953) is a Belgian artist associated with the Golden Age of Illustration. His influences included traditional

Flemish Schools, in addition to the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil movements. Much of his artwork for book illustrations was dedicated

to interpreting classic and modern fairy tales, myths and legends.


Jean de Bosschere - vintage photograph


The Jean de Bosschère Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of his seminal

work illustrating fairy tales, myths and legends. As a valuable reference resource, options are also

provided for purchasing a range of gifts, including reproductions of illustrations by de Bosschère on

prints, posters and greeting cards.


Jean de Bosschère indulged a variety of artistic interests throughout his life, contributing as an author,

graphic artist and book illustrator (many of his illustrated books were published as limited editions).




On the left, we show a vintage photograph

of Jean de Bosschère

The illustrations forming some of his earliest significant commissions included the monumental suites he prepared for ''Christmas

Tales of Flanders'' (1917) and ''Folk Tales of Flanders'' (1918), ''Gulliver's Travels into Lilliput and Brobdingnag'' (1920),

''The City Curious'' (1920), ''Weird Islands'' (1921) and ''The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha'' (1922).


Gardner (1927) provides the following short critique of Jean de Bosschère:


Jean de Bosschère is an artist whose highly imaginative and individual work is greatly enjoyed

by children. His color effects, slightly suggestive of the Persian, are unusual and daring but

beautiful. He possess a lively fancy and a skilled technique which make his original interpretations

of the Folk Tales of Flanders and Christmas Tales of Flanders an unending delight.


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Comparisons with Harry Clarke or Willy Pogány would also be reasonable. Stylistically, those familiar with the work of Hieronymus Bosch

and Pieter Breugel the Elder may be reminded of those great Renaissance artists when considering his earlier illustrations for fairy tales,

myths and legends - and that from his later career may be reminiscent of the genius of Aubrey Beardsley. Undoubtedly, however,

Jean de Bosschère - like other great illustrators - is unique.


We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Jean de Bosschère that is included in the Collection - to view images from

any one of de Bosschère's suites listed below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images. By following the

hyperlinks, you will also find further information about Jean de Bosschère, his illustrations depicting fairy tales, myths and legends and options

for purchasing Fine Art Posters and Greeting Cards.




Suites of illustrations from Jean de Bosschère depicting fairy tales, myths and legends



Jean de Bosschère

"The Closed Door"

15 images

Jean de Bosschère

"Christmas Tales of Flanders"

39 images

Jean de Bosschère

"Folk Tales of Flanders"

35 images

Jean de Bosschère

"Gulliver's Travels into Lilliput

and Brobdingnag"

14 images

Jean de Bosschère

"The City Curious"

36 images


Jean de Bosschère - an illustration from ''The Closed Doors''

Jean de Bosschère - an illustration from ''Christmas Tales of Flanders''

Jean de Bosschère - an illustration from ''Folk Tales of Flanders''

Jean de Bosschère - an illustration from ''Gulliver's Tavels into Lilliput and Brobdingnag''

Jean de Bosschère - an illustration from ''The City Curious''


Jean de Bosschère

"Weird Islands"

45 images

Jean de Bosschère

"The History of Don Quixote

de la Mancha"

25 images

Jean de Bosschère - an illustration from ''Weird Islands''Jean de Bosschère - an illustration from ''The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha''     



Purchasing our Posters and Cards showcasing the art of Jean de Bosschère for fairy tales, myths and legends


When presented on Cards - including Greeting and Note Card - these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach typical

of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the images are presented on Ivory card stock

(in the case of colour illustrations) or White card stock (in the case of monotone images) with an accompanying envelope.


Each of our Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks.


Should you wish to order posters or cards, we have provided options throughout the site. To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you

will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any

destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.


Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through email by ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.


In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Jean de Bosschère.



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