Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
1960's wooden Tiger wall plaque, originally from a French Circus, at Fears and Kahn
We are approaching the end of The Year of the Tiger
and I wanted to salute these majestic, wonderful creatures
who unfortunately are constantly under threat of extinction.
Long live the Tiger!
André Hellé, Grosses bêtes and petites bêtes, 1912,
thanks to the always wonderful A Journey Round My Skull
Sergio Ruffolo, Tigre homemade greeting card
Meg Hunt for the Cloudy Collection
Celestino Piatti, illustration for Der goldene Apfel: Eine Geschichte, 1970
found thanks to a lovely post about tigers on Booktryst
Cathie Bleck, Tiger
Ian McArthur, Tiger
Jan Młodożeniec, Tygrysek, 1961
Sebastiano Ranchetti, Little Tiger
Dale Maxey, illustration from The Wild and woolly animal book, 1966,
thanks to Bonito Club
Pierre Bevès, Le tigre en bois, 1961, thanks to maptitefabrique
Antonio Ligabue, Tigre con ragno, 1953
Józef Wilkon, Ksiega Dzungli (the Jungle book)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Polish avant-garde artist Franciszka Themerson (1907-1988) illustrated the delightful
My First Nursery Book in 1947. Franciszka was a woman of many talents
composer and film-maker Stefan Themerson, whom she married in 1931.
Visit the Themerson Archive to appreciate the many collaborative
efforts of this wonderfully creative couple.
My First Nursery Book includes four classic tales: Who Killed Cock Robin?,
The Gingerbread Man, Three Little Pigs and The Three Bears.
It was republished by Tate in 2009.
The cover and endpapers scans come from a guest post on Curious Pages,
in which illustrator Carson Ellis presented some of the spreads from the book.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Matazo Kayama (1927-2004) was born in Kyoto, the son of a designer of Kimono.
He used to play in his father's studio, and loved to see him and his disciples
at work sketching and painting. He also learned a lot from his father's collection
of international art books. Kayama started making art, and when he was 13 years old
he entered the Japanese Painting Academy in Kyoto. In 1944 he went on to study
traditional at Tokyo National Academy of Fine Arts, at a time
when the country was in the grips of World War II. His father died at the end
of the war, but Kayama managed to keep studying art in Tokyo
while helping his mother and younger sisters in Kyoto.
Kayama became a famous painter in his early 30's and held his first personal exhibition
abroad in New York in 1961.
His work has been exhibited at the Central Museum of Beijing
thanks to Sandi Vincent for this image
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Mirko Hanak, Animals We Love, 1972, thanks to art.crazed
Ferdinand Bauer, Erinaceus from Fauna Graeca, or Animals of the Levant, Vol. 1
Chen Yu Ping, Fruits in Frost, print from Heilongjiang
thanks to A Journey Round My Skull
Sabater Pi, 1964, thanks to a beautiful recent post on BibliOdyssey
Yuri Vasnetsov, Ruff kids
Patricia Mullins, All in together, 1974, thanks to flamenconut