Fairies are mystical creatures with magical powers from
the world of fantasy. They are depicted in various
contradictory roles to express the forces of good and evil
-casting spells, changing disguises, condoning, punishing
and indulging in malicious and loving deeds.
Fairies have not only been used as chief characters in
fairy-tales and literature but also in paintings and
sculptures. Alan Lee, Myrea Pettit, Ida Rentoul, Daniel
Maclise, Arthur Rackham, Brian Froud, Grimshaw, Cicely Mary
Baker, and Ida Rentoul are some painters, sculptors and
photographers who have given myriad ex-pression to fairies
in various mediums. Richard Dadd a painter from the
Victorian era made dark compositions of fairies to express
the evil in human nature.
Cottingley photographs of fairies heralded a big change in
1917 inspiring many artists to paint fairies. The Cottingley
fairies consisted of a group of photographs (five) by Elsie
Wright and Griffiths who lived in Cottingley (England).
Fairy tales depicted in movies and books are mostly adapted
from traditional stories. The Disney adaptations of these
elf creatures are popular all over the world. Tinkerbelle
from Peter Pan tales is another example of fairy art through
The inexhaustible magic of the fairy world with its
innumerable and diverse manifestations has inspired artists,
scholars and story tellers all over the world to create
fantasy. Andrew Lang compiled the popular fairy stories of
the French and English legends in the colored book of
fairies from 1889.
The mystical essence of fairies has been widely explored
throughout history and rendered via mythology, scholarly
thesis and verbal narrations. Fairies are an eternal theme
delighting children and entertaining adults through ages.
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