THE INSPIRATION OF EUROPEAN ART IN FRANZ JÜTTNER’S ILLUSTRATIONS TO THE GRIMM BROTHERS’ FAIRY TALE SCHNEEWITTCHEN
Published: 19 Aug 2015
Abstract: The paper discusses the iconographic sources of a series of eight illustrations to the fairy tale Schneewittchen painted by Franz Albert Jüttner (1905–10). So far, the paintings themselves have not been the subject of further analysis. In this paper concerning the Schneewittchen series, I have focused on showing the different prototypes in the history of art—from the Romanesque, through the Italian, German, and Dutch Renaissance, the Baroque painting of H. Han, the rococo style of F. Boucher, the Romanticism of Delacroix, Courbet’s Realism, to illustrations inspired by Art Nouveau. I have also taken into account the impact of selected works of architecture and contemporary illustrations of fairy tales (W. C. Drupsteen), and the likely impact of photography. Based on this, I have attempted to recreate Franz Jüttner’s individual and erudite manner of working, which involved the use of compositional references, and the transforming of elements of individual works of art.
Keywords: franz jüttner, painting, inspiration, composition, prototype
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