The Art of Alice and Martin Provensen (Hardcover)
The Art of Alice and Martin Provensen is the first-ever monograph on the award-winning midcentury husband-and-wife illustration team behind more than 40 beloved children's books.
Renowned husband-and-wife illustrators Alice and Martin Provensen created dozens of beloved children's books over the span of seven decades, many of which appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year lists. The Art of Alice and Martin Provensen showcases hundreds of their well-known illustrations, as well as many never-before-seen paintings, drawings, and exquisite sketchbooks from their travels around the world.
Original paintings for their beloved classics—from A Child's Garden of Verses (1951) and The Iliad and the Odyssey (1959) to Myths and Legends (1960) and many others—are beautifully reproduced here. This comprehensive volume is a treasure trove for children, designers, illustrators, historians, and all who cherish classic children's books.
ICONIC CLASSICS OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: From early favorites for Golden Books such as 1949's The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown to their 1983 Caldecott-winning title The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot, the Provensens' legendary visual style has inspired generations of young readers and modern illustrators alike.
A PEEK INSIDE THE LIVES OF INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS: An interview with Alice and Martin's daughter Karen Provensen Mitchell illuminates their life and career and includes many personal photographs, quotes, speeches, and memorabilia from their archive. An introduction by Leonard S. Marcus, a leading historian in children's literature, underscores the Provensens' importance and influence as illustrators and authors. Additionally, noted publisher and close family friend Robert Gottlieb provides a personal essay that shares many of his memories with this cherished couple.
5-STAR REVIEWS FROM AMAZON CUSTOMERS: Readers celebrate the sheer joy of this gorgeous book, calling it a must have and noting that every page is a "beautiful stunner." It showcases the "impeccable style and brilliant technique of two of the most important illustrators in the world,” says one review. Another notes what a beautiful gift it is for any fan of the Provensens' art "or any art or illustration lover in general."
- Fans of graphic arts or midcentury design
- People who enjoy illustrated fairy tales or award-winning children's books
- Anyone seeking to gift a beautiful art book, picture book, or coffee table book
- Parents who want to share their childhood favorites with their kids
Martin Provensen (1916–1987) began his career as an animator at the Walt Disney Studio, where he worked on classics like Dumbo, Fantasia, and Pinocchio.
“Prolific illustrators Alice and Martin Provensen influenced generations of young readers and midcentury designers through their visual storytelling.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Art of Alice and Martin Provensen feels rescued from a fairy tale sea or an enchanted castle flooded by a spell. Its contents include never-before-seen paintings—as well as family photos, sketchbooks, memorabilia, speeches and personal appreciations that document the life and work of a couple whom you might think you don’t know. But you do. Together, from the late 1940s to the late 1980s, they created more than 40 children’s books. Alice and Martin Provensen lived inside a picture book as much as picture books lived inside them. The lines the artists drew are indistinguishable from the lines of the world they inhabited.” —The New York Times
“Through their sketchbooks and their illustrations, we get to see the world as the Provensens saw it, and what an enchanting place it was.” —The Wall Street Journal