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 . . .