Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Art of William Steig, Claudia J. Nahson

4.5 stars
Reading this book has been an inspiration. I love Steig's genius and beautifully and simply crafted pen and ink drawings. Truly a style all his own - a modern day master of the cartoon and yet he took the genre to a whole new level as an artist for The New Yorker. Also a much admired children's book author (Sylvester and The Magic Pebble being my personal favorite - see below). This book was published in conjunction with the exhibition From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig organized by the Jewish Museum and presented from November 4, 2007, to March 16, 2008. Included alongside the many reproductions are some intimate accounts of his work and life from those who knew him well, including his wife and daughter.

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