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As you may have noticed by the Google banner today, this would be the 388th birthday of Charles Perrault who deserves much of the notice for creating the fairy tale genre as we know it.
Artists, like me, owe much to the author of CINDERELLA, PUSS IN BOOTS, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, stories I grew up with, never imagining a world without them.
The great book illustrators of the 19th and 20th century created many iconic images inspired by Perrault that, frankly, inspired many artists to become illustrators. Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox Smith, Walter Crane are a few of the illustrators I think about who created famous pictures from Perrault's stories.