Kay Rasmus Nielsen (1886-1957) is quite likely my favorite illustrator after Maurice Sendak. A contemporary of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, he grew up in Demark where he began his illustration carrier with books like In Powder and Crinoline & East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Throughout his career, he illustrated Arabian Nights, Tales from Hans Christian Andersen and Hansel and Gretel and Other Tales. In 1939 he left for California to work unsuccessfully for American illustration companies like Disney, eventually dying in poverty in 1957.
Download East of the Sun West of the Moon and Other Tales from the North illustrated by Kay Nielsen or pick up a reproduction at Logos for $30.00 from Calla Press.