Hans Christian Andersen paper cut-outs

684 April Fool's Dancers

Two motives from the large paper-cut made by Hans Christian Andersen in 1865, when he was 60 years old, during a visit to Frijsenborg Castle.

In 1925 Hans Brix, a famous Danish literary critic, wrote: “It is a world held in a square with the majesty of the sun at the bottom, and the full-fledged madness of a theatre group at the top: human figures are juggling while the supernatural world is weaving its way above. Twin figures are everywhere: an abundance of funny little figures in pairs grow into view, and the beholder is taken on a tour of the child’s magical dreamworld. But if you watch the picture as a whole, you only seem to see the ingenious and elaborate pattern of a lace table cloth – all arranged in harmonious symmetry: as by a breath of the human spirit this fairyland has gone back into its hiding place.”

Design: Hans Christian Andersen
Size: 6 cm high
Material: Cardboard