Postcard #37 – Fairy Tale Illustration

by syaffolee

I had never heard of Rudolf Koivu before receiving this postcard from Finland. Apparently he was an early 20th century Scandinavian illustrator of fairy tales and children’s books. After looking at some of his work posted online, however, I think this postcard is a little deceptive as a representation of his style. Upon first glance, one could be excused in thinking that it’s a bit similar to Aubrey Beardsley. But the rest of Koivu’s work is less about line drawings and more lush color, like one of his other contemporaries, Maxfield Parrish.

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