5 Things I Didn’t Know about Illustrator Eric Carle, 2 Books, and 1 Week Late for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

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 —

Eric Carle Moon

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.

Eric Carle Sun and Moon quote

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).
Eric Carle - painted tissue paper
2 – His favorite animal is the cat.
Eric Carle cats
3 – He’s also great with chickens (I love cats too, but I have fun collecting pictures of chickens).

Eric Carle Chicken

4 – The Grouchy Ladybug started out a bit differently.

Early version of Eric Carle's Grouchy Ladybug

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.

Eric Carle - Friends 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 —

Eric Carle I See a Story

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.

More on the Weekly Photo Challenge Half-Light

I See a Story at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA

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4 thoughts on “5 Things I Didn’t Know about Illustrator Eric Carle, 2 Books, and 1 Week Late for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

  1. I remember reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar growing up. It was one of my favourite books, and I adored Carle’s illustrations. This is such a great exhibit of his work and his art process. I had no idea he painted on tissue paper. Very delicate, and he must be the kind of artist who works at his own pace, no rush. Love the colour in all of his works, especially the chicken drawing. There is something so positive and uplifting about his work.

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