Welcome to the wonderful world of Carl and Karin Larsson and Rupert the Bear
Rupert annuals. Every year I used to get Rupert Annuals. The pictures were the best part for me; the stories had these lush, Narnia-Like landscapes full of faerie woodlands, snow drifted bowers and sunny skies.
Bit of a surprise, then, when I discovered Carl Larsson years later and thought, "hang on a minute!". Well, there are similarities with Larsson and Bestall, perhaps superficial, but i like both for their ability to create a world full of calm memories, a world with magical possibilities. A world with bears in outrageous yellow trews.
There will always be a space in my imagination for Rupert!
Posted by Wrinkled Weasel on Tuesday, January 03, 2006