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Enchanting Silhouettes Bring Brothers Grimm Fairytales To Life Like You've Never Seen Before

From the pages of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales spring a myriad of vibrant, dark and haunting images -- whether it's a little red cape bobbing through the forest on her way to granny's house, or a young brother and sister weaving their way through the towering woods, a trail of breadcrumbs in their wake.

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Artist Andrea Dezso brings the images whirling in your mind to life -- though, not quite as you might initially imagine. Her stark, black-and-white silhouettes combine simplicity and whimsy to create monochromatic stories that leap off the page and into the depths of your most thrilling childhood memories.

"I grew up in Transylvania, where my grandmother used to read me the Brothers Grimm fairytales in Hungarian from the time I was very young," Dezso explained to The Huffington Post. "The settings of the tales felt like the forests, villages and fields I was familiar with and the characters became part of my extended family. For me the tales took place in the neighboring village or the forest up the street from our house. These were not the sanitized versions of the tales either, I remember well Cinderella’s stepsisters who cut off chunks of their large feet to fit into the glass slippers. I think these stories were read to us to teach us lessons, too. I appreciated that, as tough as life was for our family, at least they weren’t leaving me behind in the forest."

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As an adult, Dezso revisited these classic tales, transforming the fabled tales into crisp visions that would make Jacob and Wilhelm proud. "I wished to find the heart of each tale and express it visually. My aim was to create a feeling of atmosphere that could convey a strong sense of place and I wanted the drawings to look like made-up folk art, instead of simply relying on details from the region or period."

The images, like the original texts themselves, outline the stories we all know and love, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks with whatever details flood to mind. "I chose tales to illustrate that gave me immediate, strong mental images as I read them. The images that popped into my mind first are generally what I illustrated. Using silhouettes leaves room for the reader’s imagination; not everything is concrete, it’s more a conjured world of dreams, in the same way that the Grimms' tales invite in the reader."

  • The Elves
    The Elves
  • The Godfather
    The Godfather
  • Godfather Sparrow
    Godfather Sparrow
  • Okerlo
    Okerlo
  • Three Sisters
    Three Sisters
  • Devin in Green Coat
    Devin in Green Coat
  • Wild Man
    Wild Man
  • Golden Key
    Golden Key
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    He too saw the image in the water; but he looked up at once, and became aware of the lovely Lassie who sate there up in the tree
  • <em>The North Wind goes over the sea.
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    The North Wind goes over the sea.
  • <em>The Lad in the Bear’s skin, and the King of Arabia’s daughter.
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    The Lad in the Bear’s skin, and the King of Arabia’s daughter.
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    She saw the Lindworm for the first time as he came in and stood by her side.
  • <em>Then he coaxed her down and took her home.
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    Then he coaxed her down and took her home.
  • <em>“You’ll come to three Princesses, whom you will see standing in the earth up to their necks, with only their heads out.”
    “You’ll come to three Princesses, whom you will see standing in the earth up to their necks, with only their heads out.”
  • <em>He took a long, long farewell of the Princess, and when he got out of the Giant’s door, there stood the Wolf waiting for
    He took a long, long farewell of the Princess, and when he got out of the Giant’s door, there stood the Wolf waiting for him.
  • <em>She could not help setting the door a little ajar, just to peep in, when—Pop! out flew the Moon.
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    She could not help setting the door a little ajar, just to peep in, when—Pop! out flew the Moon.
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    When he had walked a day or so, a strange man met him. “Whither away?” asked the man.
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