Sabine Schimma, Peter Stohler for the GRIMMWELT Kassel (eds)


Colour in Fairy Tales


120 pages
28 x 22 cm, approx. 60 ills, hardcover
English / German

 28,00 incl. VAT

Exhibition: GRIMMWELT, Kassel (DE), 13 November 2019 – 13 April 2020
ISBN 978-3-89790-573-3 Category:


The eye of the beholder is fascinated by colours. And their symbolic and cultural historical meanings, which have often developed over centuries and been reflected in various narrative forms, are found to be equally as fascinating. Thus in traditional folk tales and in literary fairy tales, colours are not just attributes or superficial manifestations but rather have a deeper significance. Why, for example, is the head covering of a little unimposing girl, of all things, red, and why is the beard of a knight who kills women blue? Why does Cinderella wear grey clothing, and what power does Peter Schlemihl’s sold shadow have? The publication traces – colour by colour – these and other exciting questions, all richly portrayed with numerous prints and illustrations from historical fairy tale books.


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