Hans Christian Andersen‘s tales for children were often bittersweet and some like “The Little Match Girl” were outright tragic. The conclusion of “The Little Match Girl” with the poor child frozen to death in the snow was intended to be a happy ending. And to pious readers at the time it may have seemed so, as the girl is reunited with her grandmother in heaven. Andersen though, was a bit of an odd duck,and his struggles with personal relationships and dyslexia, certainly provided the unique perspective that gave us an astounding catalogue of children’s stories.
The Little Match Girl, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board