Illustrations by Jesus Sanchez Tena
Today we are dealing with a vintage Spanish edition of the book with three fairy tales by Brothers Grimm. They are retold and illustrated by Jesus Sanchez Tena (1898-1931) and published by Barcelona Juventud in 1930.
It’s almost impossible to find any useful information about the illustrator who was very likely self-thought. He was born in Aragon on January 8, married at 26 to Concepcion Navarrete, who was also an artist. Together they created numerous stickers and advertising material, which was often accompanied with humorous short text made by Sanchez Tena.
He was fluent in French and English but due to his weak health limited to stay close to his hometown. Apart from illustrating a book for Peter B. Kine, he illustrated only books for children, among which were Peter Pan and works by H. C. Andersen and Brothers Grimm. In his work we can feel influence of the best English illustrators of his time.
He died on July 27 of tuberculosis. It’s hard to estimate his legacy which is poorly cataloged, but we know he created several original characters for themed picture books. In 1920s, 1930s and 1940s there were at least ten of his original books published (several posthumously) in Barcelona and Madrid. Next set of illustrations is a good example of his artistic talent and draftsman skills.
Hansel and Gretel
This fairy tale is about kids being lost in the wood, betrayal of their parents and danger which they have to confront if they want to survive. A detailed analysis of the story can be found here:
We’ll focus on illustrations only.
Apart from the color picture above used for the cover of the book Sanchez Tena used pen and ink line drawings to portray the most important scenes from all the stories.
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We continue with the next fairy tale.
Snow-White and Rose-Red
It’s a story about sisters who are dealing with ungrateful dwarf and a very friendly bear. Of course, there is some magic involved.
This is another story about a parent who put his own kid into trouble. The miller lies to the king about skills of his daughter and the king demands an impossible task from her. Things improve with the coming of a strange dwarf-like man, just to become even more complicated.
That’s about all. Jesus Sanchez Tena and his take on three popular fairy tales by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.