Showing posts with label goats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label goats. Show all posts

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Woman's Work

Beatrix Potter

Dear followers, I apologize once again for the recent lack of posts,
but this semester I taught one more course that usual, and soon realized
that I had to give up some of my leisurely activities, including blogging, 
to be able to stay on track keep focused. My lessons ended yesterday, 
and I am really looking forward to almost a full month of vacation.
Of course, now there's plenty to do around the house...

B. Twardowski (?), 1925

Anatoli Michailovich Eliseev, Story of the stupid mouse

Feodor Rojankovsky, Frog Went a-Courtin', 1955

Barbara Cooney, The Crows of Pearblossom, 1967

Bernard Waber, An Anteater Named Arthur, 1967

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Call of the Mountain

The Swiss graphic designer, painter, and illustrator Alois Carigiet was born in 1902, 
the seventh of eleven children, and grew up in his family's farm in the small village of Trun
In 1911, economic hardship forced the family to move to the canton's capital Chur, 
where his father found employment. This relocation into a more urban environment 
had a strong impact on Carigiet, who later described the move as an "emigration to the low-lands",
 from a "mountain boy's paradise" to a "gloomy apartment on the ground floor in a narrow town alley".
 In 1918 he quit the gymnasium to start an apprenticeship as a decorative designer and draftsman
While learning the techniques of decorative art,Carigiet filled volumes of sketchbooks 
with drawings of rural and urban scenes, farm animals and pets, anatomical studies of the birds
 exhibited at Chur's natural history museum, and caricatures.


In the same year he found work in Zurich with Max Dalang's advertisement agency, where he learned
 the techniques of graphic design. After having won several competitions and gained a reputation, 
Carigiet opened his own graphic studio in Zurich in 1927. He hired some assistants and
 built a very successful practice, creating many posters, murals, illustrations, and magazine covers.
Funny and elegant animal characters were a frequent theme in the ads produced by the studio. 


1940 ca.

While on holiday in his native mountains in 1939, Carigiet was seduced by the vast and unspoiled landscape,
 and the feeling of having found his way back to a long lost paradise. Realizing that this was his home,
he gave up his business in Zurich, and rented a small farm house without electricity or running water, 
the "Hüs am Bach" (house at the stream) in Platenga, where he devoted much of his time
 to observing and drawing the alpine faunaIn 1943 he married the art student Berta Carolina Müller, 
and in the following years the couple gave birth to two daughters and built a house.




In 1940, Carigiet was asked by the author Selina Chönz to illustrate a children's story 
about a boy's adventurous climb through snow to an abandoned summer hut in order to retrieve
 a large cow bell for the annual Chalandamarz celebrationAfter years of hesitating, Carigiet finally agreed, 
and spent several weeks sketching the scenery and architecture in Chönz's home village Guarda
which he used as a model for the book's village. In 1945 Schellen-Ursli was published in German,
and later it was translated into ten languages, including English.

A Bell for Ursli

Carigiet and Chönz created two sequels featuring Ursli's younger sister Flurina: 
Flurina und das Wildvögelein (Florina and the Wild Bird) in 1952 
and Der grosse Schnee (The Snowstorm) in 1957. 

Flurina und das Wildvöglein

During the 1960s Carigiet illustrated three children's books written by himself
Zottel, Zick und ZwergBirnbaum, Birke, Berberitze, and Maurus und Madleina
In 1966, he was awarded the Swiss youth book prize for Zottel, Zick und Zwerg, 
as well as the inaugural Hans Christian Andersen Medal for children's illustrators.

After moving back to Zurich with his family between 1950 and 1960,

 in 1960 Carigiet finally returned to live in the mountains above his home village, 
where he dedicated himself fully to art until his death in 1985. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Out in the Country

Eric Drooker

I love the dreamy Summer atmosphere of the latest New Yorker cover 
by Eric Drooker. This new gallery features various other
cover artists' views of the great outdoors.

three covers by William Steig 


 Ilonka Karasz

Three covers by Abe Birnbaum

Warren Miller

Mischa Richter

Jenni Oliver

Charles Addams

Gahan Wilson

Bruce McCall

Philippe Petit-Roulet

check out the other New Yorker cover galleries on Animalarium:


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