On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, through June 3, 2012: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde.
Gertrude Stein in the Luxembourg Gardens, 1907.
Cover and dedicatory pages from Jean L’Anselme’s Poèmes à la sourieuse rose [Poems to the smiling rose]
(Genève : L.E.C., 1948), a group of pieces written by L’Anselme with his “unschooled” left hand,
in an exercise drawing on the tenets of Art Brut, the school of artistic and linguistic
experimentation defined by Jean Dubuffet, a champion of L’Anselme
and the dedicatee of this volume.
Examples of “Xerox art” books made by a group of artists and writers
in the 1970s and 1980s. A large collection was acquired by Beinecke Library
in the summer of 2008.
“A Day at the Races” by Ginny Lloyd, Lloyd Productions, 1980
“soms bin ik een copy van mijzelf. . .” by Henk Fakkeldij, 1980.
“Misisng Persons” by Louise Neaderland, Bone Hollow Arts, 1988.
New — An Interview with the Author: Tim Young on Drawn to Enchant (MP3)
Little girls with barbells!
Dogs using quill pens!
Odd looking men fishing for odd looking mermaids!
They are all part of the the world of Drawn to Enchant: Original Children’s Book Art in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection, a celebration of the collection gathered by one of the world’s most astute collector’s of children’s literature.
Artists whose works are represented include many beloved favorites, among them Ludwig Bemelmans, Maurice Sendak, A. B. Frost, Wanda Gag, Peter Newell, N. C. Wyeth, Tony Sarg, Robert Lawson, and Johnny Gruelle.
From variant illustrations for Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are to little-known sketches for nineteenth-century periodicals that delighted generations of children, Drawn to Enchant offers a unique opportunity to study the reading lives of children throughout American history. Just as important, it invites each reader to recollect favorite images from the treasured books of his or her own childhood.
The book is officially released on October 15, 2007 and is available via the Yale University Press website: (in US at www.yale.edu/yup/ and in the UK at www.yalebooks.co.uk) and fine bookstores everywhere. Containing over 200 full color illustrations, it makes a wonderful gift for readers of all ages! [DISCLAIMER: Yes, this is a shameless plug for a publication by one of this blog’s curators. But the book is *really* lovely!]
Frederick Burr Opper, illustration (watercolor on board) for The Jolly Gymnasium, undated, apparently never published.
Unidentified artist, illustration (watercolor on board) for Little Stories for Little Folks (McLoughlin Bros., 1890).
Gelett Burgess, “Fishing for Mermaids”, pen and ink with watercolor on paper, for The Burgess Nonsense Book (Frederick R. Stokes Co. 1901).
Magnum: die Zeitschrift für das moderne Leben, 1954-1966, was a German/Austrian compendium of images and commentary on modern design, art, architecture, fashion, and lifestyle.
Issue 3, was titled “Wie Weiter?” [What Next?]
And it included a memorable cartoon [titled : “Still no solution!”]
[Unknown juvenile artist. Scrapbook of scenes from the lands of Browlia and Frowlia, ca. 1899]
The official postage of Browlia
One of many curious Browlian beasts – the Lizard of Horlon
A limerick about cats