Virginia Frances Sterrett's artwork for an edition of Old French Fairy Tales is like the platonic ideal of fairytale art — the colors are so vibrant, the lines so strong. It reminds me of Aubrey Beardsley and maybe William Blake, a little.
Will Schofeld has a fantastic selection of Sterett's art over at 50 Watts, and it's worth taking the time to pore over every lush illustration. Writes Schofeld:
Missouri-born illustrator Virginia Frances Sterrett (1900–1931) managed to complete just three books in her short life, all of them commissioned by the Penn Publishing Company: Old French Fairy Tales (1920), Tanglewood Tales (1921), and Arabian Nights (1928). She was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of 19, around the time she received that first commission.