Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gustaf Tenggren Prolific Illustrator for Disney, Golden Books

Gustaf Tenggren, born in Sweden, and emigrated to the US, was a prolific illustrator of children's books. He had a unique, vivid, caricature style. Tenggren got his big break in 1935, when he was hired as art director for Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. He also worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia and Bambi.
He is one of the most popular of Golden Books illustrators and did the Poky Little Puppy.
Here are some images I particularly like. These two are from a Golden Press Folk Songs book.



Here are two from The Lion's Paw:

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And here are some Golden Book classics, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack in the Beanstalk. I love Tenggren's Jack!

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I always enjoy finding a Tenggren book when I'm out hunting.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Clara M. Burd, Golden Age, Painter and Illustrator


I love the illustrations done by Clara M. Burd, who studied painting in France. She was noted for her children's portraits and also for stained glass designs. These illustrations are from Friendly Animals, Saalfield Publishing, 1928. The large format book with such detailed and beautiful illustrations is quite a treasure and very hard to find.
In the collie and Shetland pony, above, notice the skill Burd had in painting animals. Her children, too are adorable, a little Rubenesque.



Here are two from A Child's Garden of Verses, 1930.



You can see her expert use of light in these illustrations, particularly Bed in Summer, when the early evening sun is illuminating the bedroom. So pretty . . .