Hänsel und Gretel
Ubbelohde, Otto (1867–1922)


Illustration from the anniversary issue of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s Fairytale Collection.

Marburg and Leipzig, 1907-1909

Taken from: Böhm-Korff, Regina. Interpretation and Importance of “Hänsel and Gretl”, a case study.

Frankfurt/Main, Bern, New York, Paris 1991.

The graphic artist and painter Otto Ubbelohde was entrusted with illustrating a number of fairytale collections, among them the anniversary edition of the Brothers Grimm-book, published in Marburg and Leipzig from 1907 to 1909. For this ornate book he created 446 drawings. Ubbelohde is said to have used the old sexton house of Münchhausen, close to Marburg, as a model for his “Witch House” when illustrating the fairytale “Hänsel and Gretel”