Thanks to the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) for a great tour of I See a Story, an exhibition of illustrations from Eric Carle’s picture books —
The Moon in Half-Light
If you’re not already familiar with him by name, I’ll bet you’ll recognize him as the collage artist and author/illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and many more picture books.
There are always lots of things I don’t know, but here are the first five things I learned from the exhibition —
1 – He paints his own tissue paper for the collages (after early experiences with commercial paper that was not archival).
2 – His favorite animal is the cat.
3 – He’s also great with chickens (I love cats too, but I have fun collecting pictures of chickens).
4 – The Grouchy Ladybug started out a bit differently.
Early book dummies are in the exhibition.
5 – His parents moved the family to Germany when he was six years old. He left behind a real-life friend, and based this illustration for Friends on a photograph of the two of them as children.
All that and I haven’t even got to the “2 Books” part of my title yet. Maybe I should save them for another post. I’m still sorting out books so stay tuned, I may find more than 2 of these surprises.
Meanwhile, here’s the intro to the exhibition, with a portrait of that famous caterpillar —
If you’re anywhere near Atlanta, see it at the High Museum, April 2 2016 through January 8 2017. The exhibition won’t be traveling, except to go back home to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst MA.
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I See a Story at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA