Carl Offterdinger is one of the most famous German illustrators of all times. As all illustrators from the 19th century, he started as a painter, studying at the classical art academy, exploring different media and styles, had a chance to experiment to see how his work pans out after replication with numerous new printing techniques, and finally became a professor.
This, of course, secured his financial position and gave him even more options to explore. Today we know him mostly by illustrations of fairy tales and adventure stories which are still reprinted in new versions of old collections.
Here are 10 characteristic illustrations by Carl Offterdinger: