Fairy Tales: Bluebeard.

The illustrations to The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, 1922, by Harry Clarke. Click for full size. If you find yourself disappointed by the chaste apparel in the second image, have a look at the upper left corner.


  1. rq says

    In the colour picture it looks like a fake beard, and the caption makes it sound like an unfortunate pet. Like Donnie’s hair but a beard.

    I do like this interpretation, though (the pointy beard). I’ve usually seen/imagined it as a full, rounded beard, but the pointiness of this one is just a touch more evil.

  2. says


    Like Donnie’s hair but a beard.

    Oh fuck. :falls over laughing: The illustration does not match the caption, Bluebeard doesn’t look like he considers it a misfortune in anyway. He seems terribly impressed with himself.

  3. rq says

    No, not a redhead. Black hair, maybe, but the blue and the red just clash terribly.
    I just had a quiet think about how many fairy tales are about preying on unsuspecting (or slightly suspecting via women’s warning networks) women. Nothing new upon this earth.

  4. jazzlet says

    Hair and beards being a different colour isn’t that unusual, but red and blue is a colour combination I’ve so far missed seeing. I’ve always pictured Bluebeard with that colour of black hair that has a blue sheen to it rather than actually having a blue beard.

  5. rq says

    My brothers all have red beards but brown or blonde hair, so yeah, the difference in colour is not a surprise. I just wasn’t aware there was a gene for blue beards. :D Though maybe he dyes it…? He’s certainly fond of it (as per picture)!

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