Theodor Kittelsen is an artist whose work I didn’t realize I was familiar with, until recently. He was a Norwegian painter from the late 19th/early 20th century, know for his landscapes, illustrations of fairy tales, and in particular, the book Svartedauen (“The Black Death”).
I recently stumbled upon some of his illustrations for fairy tales, which I enjoyed quite a bit, and upon further research, realized that I already knew of some of Kittelsen’s work, due to it being appropriated by Burzum for some of his album covers (the first image above was used for
Filosofem Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, probably the best second-best Burzum album).
Kittelsen’s work reminds me a lot of Arthur Rackham, whose illustrations of fairy tales fascinated me when I was a kid (and who I will undoubtedly talk about in a future post). I’d love to see more of Kittelsen’s work- it sounds like he perhaps is not as appreciated as he deserves to be.
PS – this looks like a stoner metal album cover!