theodor kittelsen


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!


4 Responses to “theodor kittelsen”

  1. 1 MMüller
    December 19, 2009 at 9:02 am

    None of these images appeared in/on the ‘Filosofem’ album. The first two, The Pauper and Plague On The Stairs, appeared as cover and inlay artwork for ‘Hvis Lyset Tar Oss’, the predecessor to ‘Filosofem’.

  2. 2 hamthechimp
    December 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    oh man, you are so right and I am so embarrassed. I fixed it! thanks.

  3. 3 LK
    March 31, 2010 at 11:57 am

    ..if u drop that last “e” in Theodore u get his name right too, and easier to google 😉

  4. 4 hamthechimp
    March 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    ha ha ha……… I should just delete this blog and spare myself the embarrassment (name fixed btw)

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