A Fideal Fae is in essence, a mermaid of old.
Not an apple cheecked pudgy little cupid with
a tail, but a Dark Goddess
of the watery depths. She is a siren whose
call leads men to their watery graves. A
beautiful maiden with long hair adorned with
lilies, which on closer inspection may also
be strewn with choking vines. She is Ophelia
sinking, The Lady of Shalott on her burial
barge, a sea sprite, selkie, and mistress of
the night waters. This page is here to
provide a vision of what the mermaid was
before she was simplified and made safe for
us. A celebration of feminine evil in the
form of drowning maidens and seductive water
The gallery has grown to include many other
images of women from mythology, fairy tales
and folklore. This was inspired from my love
of the art itself and Bram Dijkstra's art
book Idols of Perversity, and the long out of print Symbolist art book Dreamers of
Both long out of print I hope that this site
will give you access to many of the artists
and images found in these books.
"The fideal sings as she walks through the
out to her next lover... leaving you down in
cold depths, eyes unseeing, weeds in your
~Brian Froud, Good Fairies/Bad Faeries
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