Ludwig Bemelmans

"In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines... the smallest one was Madeline." So begin the beloved Madeline children's books of Ludwig Bemelmans, the Austria-Hungary born American writer and illustrator. Here are a few examples of his beautiful work.

Ludwig Bemelmans. Fifi. New York: Simon and Schuster, [1940].

Madeline. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939. First edition, first printing. 

This is interesting, the dummy Cover for Madeline and the Bad Hat, ca. 1956/57. Pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache
via The Estate of Ludwig Bemelmans via

Original painting "I'm sorry, the horse must go". Sold for over $27,000 on Skinner Auctions

MADELINE AND THE BAD HAT. NY: Viking (Dec. 1956) via

Parsley via 

The New Yorker | August 21, 1943

The Castle No. 9 via Brickbat Books

To the One I Love the Best by Ludwig Bemelmans

The New Yorker, July 3, 1948

Ludwig Bemelmans The New Yorker,  March 21, 1942