The Wren and the Bear

1902
(British, 1867–1939)
Sheet: 36.7 x 25.8 cm (14 7/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
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The battle depicted here between flying and land animals is from the fairy tale “The Wren and the Bear.” The bear insults the wren, the king of the birds, leading to a war. Most of Arthur Rackham’s best-known illustrations combine intricate line
work with delicate coloring (see works nearby). However, he also produced some silhouette illustrations like this one, created for a luxury edition of Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. The illustration won a gold medal at the 1906 Milan
International Exhibition, where it was exhibited as The Battle between the Air and the Earth.
The Wren and the Bear

The Wren and the Bear

1902

Arthur Rackham

(British, 1867–1939)
England, early 20th Century

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