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“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”*…


It’s well known that before Andy Warhol became the most famous artist in New York—if not the world—he worked for several years as a commercial illustrator. For instance, he did a bunch of album covers in the mid- to late 1950s, a couple of which are quite familiar to anyone who follows jazz—even if they’re not familiar “as Warhol covers.”

Another of his gigs lasted about four years, that being occasional illustrations for children’s stories in the “Best In Children’s Books” series published by Nelson Doubleday. He illustrated six stories between 1957 and 1960—since there were 33 volumes in the series at a minimum, we can be sure that the series was pretty popular. Every volume had roughly ten stories in it, and each story featured art by a different illustrator. So Warhol’s output in this series was a tiny fraction of the art contained therein. One of the other artists who did illustrations in the same series was Richard Scarry…

More of of this bedtime tale– and more nifty examples of Warhol’s early work– at “Andy Warhol, Children’s Book Illustrator.”

* Andy Warhol


As we turn the page, we might send birthday greetings to Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier; he was born on this date in 1811 (though some sources date it on yesterday’s date).  A poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic, Gautier was a champion of Romaniticism, a point of reference for many subsequent literary traditions (e.g., Symbolism and Modernism), and widely esteemed by writers as diverse as Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Pound, Eliot, Henry James, Proust, and Wilde.  As editor of the influential review L’Artiste, he editorialized in support of “Art for Art’s Sake.”



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August 31, 2015 at 1:01 am

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