Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Snow Queen

The flake of snow grew larger and larger; and at last it was like a young lady, dressed in the finest white gauze, made of a million little flakes like stars. She was so beautiful and delicate, but she was of ice, of dazzling, sparkling ice; yet she lived.
~Hans Christian Andersen


Seen Frozen yet? I am hoping to soon. This Art Thursday, we're looking at Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen. Aren't they full of glorious (if chilly) blues and whites?



Snow Queen, Christmas display at Chatsworth
photo by Susan McKeon

The Snow Queen, Maria Kousouni-Fika with the Greek National Opera
photo by Stefanos

Commemorative coin "Snow karaleva"("Snow Queen"), Belarus


Hans Christian Andersen, Snow Queen Stamp of Belarus

The Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen
by Elena Ringo

Snow Queen illustration from Hans Andersen's fairy tales, 1913
illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

Snow Queen, Lithograph For Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, 1916
Illustration by Milo Winter

Snow Queen illustration
shared by Georges Nijs

Links:

* A Pinterest Snow Queen board
* Scandinavian recipes
* The Snow Queen, a poem by Jeannine Hall Gailey
* Composers and The Snow Queen

2 comments:

HWY said...


Beautiful pieces depicting the Snow Queen. Isn't it interesting how many of them have brown as a counterpoint?

The photo of the ballerina is stunning. She holds her head and arms in perfect position as she leaps.

Donna Smith said...

Gorgeous pictures. I hadn't noticed before how the brown was used in the pictures. Also remembered long ago when my mother was talking about "warm" and "cool" colors, I always insisted that blue looked warmer to me than red. Blue was a cozier color. I know that's not correct, and I can understand it now. But I still find blue to be inviting.