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Ludwig Bemelmans (The Illustrators)

Quentin Blake, Laurie Britton Newell, Claudia Zeff

£18.95

A visually rich insight into the life and work of this important artist and writer

Overview

Ludwig Bemelmans grew up under the Austro-Hungarian empire and emigrated to the United States in his late teens, just escaping the outbreak of the First World War. His illustrations for the Madeline books offer a classic vision of Paris that has created a lasting impression on millions of readers. And every illustrator would love to know how he conveyed all the emotions of a spirited little girl drawn with just a few lines and dots; how did he achieve such clarity in simplicity?

Laurie Britton Newell’s illustrated essay gathers material from Bemelmans’ diverse oeuvre, from novels, autobiographical stories, humorous articles and comic strips to murals and menus for hotels and restaurants. The book makes accessible this mesmerizing material, which is otherwise lost to the public, and connects it to the artist’s intriguing life. An icon of a fascinating era, Bemelmans through his magical work gives us glimpses of a life that embodied both hard work and glamour, in Paris and New York.

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Specifications

Format: PLC

Size: 24.5 x 18.7 cm

Extent: 112 pp

Illustrations: 80

Publication date: 2 May 2019

ISBN: 9780500519950

Contents List

Introduction • The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans • Endmatter

About the Author

Quentin Blake is arguably the UK’s most treasured illustrator and has illustrated over 300 books. Known for his collaborations with esteemed writers including Roald Dahl, John Yeoman, Michael Rosen and Russell Hoban, Blake’s work is universally recognised and adored. Quentin Blake received a knighthood for his services to illustration in 2013 and in 2014 was admitted to the Légion d’honneur in France.