Harry Clarke, Bluebeard’s Last Wife, 1921
"Bluebeard’s last wife was bought by Albert Wood who had it mounted in a James Hick’s cabinet, made of walnut and tortoiseshell. The panel is illuminated by a light at the back of the cabinet. The theme of Bluebeard’s last wife is based on the fairy tale by the seventeenth century French author, Charles Perrault. The panel depicts the wife of Bluebeard dancing across a bridge, dressed in a blue oriental outfit. Bluebeard lies in wait under the bridge, his sword poised to strike."
April’s theme week is Artist Alley! Over the past few years the Artist Alley has become one of my favorite places to be when I go to conventions, so I think it’s time to give a little love to some artists that I found there.
(Faces hidden, with love, because I’m not sure how everyone feels about their picture being posted.)
These amazing pieces were all done by my friend ECT Mills, who just had her first table at Zenkaikon. If you think she’s as awesome as I do, go visit her store! :D
Goldilocks for Sketch Dailies.
Goldilocks for Sketch Dailies. The hipster thing just kindof slid into place…
my digital drawing (the one we were talking about today). It`s from the fairy tale donkeyskin ♥
From Heidi Anne Heiner’s Bluebeard page at www.surlalunefairytales.com:
Bluebeard was already a folk tale by the time Charles Perrault wrote it down and published it in 1697. The history of the tale is debated, but the popular opinion is that the tale developed from the legend of Gilles de Rais (aka de Retz) (Murphy 1996).
Gilles de Rais (1401?-1440) was a Marshal of France and served under Joan of Arc before her execution. He was a French national hero for helping drive the English out of France. After the crowning of the Dauphin and the death of Joan of Arc, de Rais settled into his estates in Brittany and turned deviant. He practiced alchemy and black magic while he was a great patron of the arts. He enjoyed killing, usually by decapitation, young boys after he he had sodomized them. His fame and influence kept people from noticing that children were disappearing from his lands. Some speculators think the story of Bluebeard arose among the peasantry to warn their children to stay away from the dangerous baron whom they had no other protection against due to his political and financial stature. Finally, the Duke of Brittany investigated the murders and dug up the remains of 50 boys in de Rais’ castle. He confessed to 140 killings at his trial, but he might have killed up to 300 people. He was burned alive and hanged simultaneously for his crimes on October 26, 1440 (Mendoza 1998). You can read more about Gilles de Rais at Antonio Mendoza’s The Serial Killer Hit List—Part 1 site.
Fairy Tale Valentines 1950s/60s