Arthur Rackham was one of the most acclaimed and influential illustrators of the 20th Century. He quickly rose to the top rank of artists in the Golden Age of Illustration and produced an extensive collection of images, which ranged from mythology to children's fairy tales. Rackham died in 1939, but his legacy is still felt today and he continues to inspire many artists. Here are the top 25 reasons why he was such a genius... in other words, here are 25 illustrations that showcase some of his most beautiful, most frightening, and most memorable images.
One of the most beautiful depictions of a woman that Rackham ever created. Her red hair is stunningly drawn and painted. I don't know what else to say, other than I love the details and the way the fabric looks.
This is the quintessential image of the Norse God of Thunder in my opinion. I absolutely love how Rackham was able to create images that had the essence of myth about them, but also a modern edge that you could sense without knowing what it was.
Though this image comes from Norse myth, I've always thought of it as a classical image from Sleeping Beauty. I've even heard that Disney used some of Rackham's illustrations to show the animators what he was striving for.