Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Artist feature: Jennie Harbour

Very little is known about artist Jennie Harbour (1893-1959) -she doesn't even have her own wikipedia page! She illustrated many fairy tales in the Art Deco era, and if you need a little Art 101 refresher like I did, according to wikipedia:  "It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation."


Little Red Riding Hood:
Sometimes simple black and white can be more striking than lush color. I love the little wolf lurking in the corner of this one-
Sleeping Beauty:
Hansel and Gretel:
More of Jennie Harbour's illustrations can be viewed over on Surlalune.


  1. These are lovely. Her people remind me a little of Gustav Klimt.

  2. Wow, the Cinderella one is particularly striking. The Hansel and Gretel one actually reminds me of Tolkien's drawing of the troll's scene. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I love this illustrator. I have a little foldout book that has all the color illustrations you posted up and a few more. It's so magical and inspiring for my own art.

  4. I became fascinated with the work of Jennie Harbour and decided to write her story. I also created a web site dedicated to her work. The link is here, if anyone is interested.

  5. Please don't link to other people's images - this is Blogger, you can easily upload images to your own gallery and not steal bandwidth.