Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Gustaf Tenggren's 'Tell-It-Again' Fairy-Tale Illustrations, 1942

Illustrator Gustaf Tenggren was born in Sweden in 1896, and emigrated to the US in the early twenties. He is probably best known by his work for The Walt Disney Company, beginning with the film 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.

After leaving Disney, his artwork style evolved from his 'Old World-Rackham-esque' look to the flatter, more contemporary look he would use for children's books.

He worked for Little Golden Books from 1942 - 1962, providing illustrations for 'The Poky Little Puppy' and many others.

These are all images appearing in 'The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book', 1942, Little-Brown.

A few links to more Tenggren art online:

Some great examples of his fuller, more detailed 'traditional' style from the '20's & '30's can be found here and here.

There's also a bit of of Tenggren's work included in this fascinating gallery page of 'Arabian Nights' images.

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Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Woooow!!! Thanks for posting that!!!

Martin Klasch said...

Great! Please check ASIFA's Golden Age Illustration section for more Tenggren and related artists (Swedes like Bauer and Norelius and others).

Norn Cutson said...

the fluidity is orgasmic!

The In Crowd said...

"the fluidity is orgasmic!"

- - If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that...

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