There's nothing quite like a famine, starving children and an evil witch to set the scene for a good bed time story or art print, for that matter!
That's why we've included a more whimsical interpretation of the classic German cautionary tale for our "Hansel and Gretel" art print, illustrated by artist Shelby Rodeffer.
"I've always loved German cautionary fairy tales, like the Struwwelpeter, that walk the line between cute and creepy, Shelby said. With a cannibalistic witch and a cottage made of candy, there's really nothing not to like about this story!"
Shelby's take on the classic Brothers Grimm tale, first published in 1812, illustrated by Ludwig Richter in 1842 and made popular by the 1893 opera by Engelbert Humperdinck is inspired by gingerbread houses and the beautiful landscapes by artist Eyvind Earle.
Earle really knew how to make a flat image look expansive, Shelby said. I wanted to make something big like his pieces yet simple enough to work with two colors, so I was also looking at a lot of old textile illustrations like these."
Shelby's focus on the house details and typography work well with the mid-century inspired illustration style, which each original illustrated print in our Fairy Tales art print series adheres to.