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Thames & Hudson
21 May 2019
While almost everybody knows Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline, the fact that the illustrator published over forty other titles remains a well-kept secret. The first title in Thames & Hudson's brand-new series, this book offers a visually rich insight into the life and work of this important artist and writer.

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.
By:   Quentin Blake, Laurie Britton Newell
Series edited by:   Claudia Zeff
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 187mm, 
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9780500519950
ISBN 10:   0500519951
Series:   The Illustrators
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   21 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Quentin Blake is an illustrator and children's writer who has illustrated over 300 books, including those by other authors, such as Roald Dahl. His numerous awards include the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. Laurie Britton Newell is a curator who works across contemporary art, craft, and design in the US and Europe.

Reviews for Ludwig Bemelmans

At 111 pages, this delightful, extensively illustrated book is among the slimmer, more satisfying accounts of an artist's life, development, career and achievement.

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