"It might be truly said that the born illustrator is not very interested in life as it is. He likes to create his own version of the world around him. Actuality is not pointed enough for him." Edward Ardizzone in a talk "The Born Illustrator" delivered to the Double Crown Club at one of their dinners in 1957. (Read the complete text here). Ardizzone, who illustrated and wrote so many wonderful books, was considered by many to be the father of the modern children's picture book. Here are some of my favorites of his work.
Erik Nitsche (September 7, 1908 - November 14, 1998) was a Swiss-born designer who, after moving to the United States at the age of 26, had a long and successful career as a graphic designer and art director. He's most famous for the work he did for General Dynamics, the engineering company, but also created many iconic record album and book covers. I love his abstract geometric images humanized by delicate color palettes. Enjoy!
I've been picking up a few vintage books lately. Here are three of my new ones with jackets/covers by Shahn, Lituanian-born American artist & social realist (1898 – 1969) as well as a couple of iconic examples that I don't own. Some of his absolute best work. All were inexpensive purchases from favorite book shops on Etsy that specialize in the design legends of the twentieth century. They are DesignCollect, PBandW, ElwoodandEloise, & PhillipaFinch . Check them out... but don't buy those I've got my eye on!
I just bought this copy of Sweet and Sour, so I thought it was a good time to put together a post of a few of my first editions by O'Hara, as well as a few nice ones I don't possess. I love the design of this book jacket!