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Monday, March 31st, 2014

Golden Book: Tibor Gergely’s Early Children’s Books

Tibor Gergely

Tibor Gergely was born in Budapest, Hungary, and studied and taught in Vienna before the War. He escaped the Nazis and relocated to New York City in 1939, along with his wife. He became a well known illustrator, creating covers for the New Yorker and illustrating countless Little Golden Books. The subjects of his children’s books were often anthropomorphic automobiles, trucks, trains or boats. In his free time, Gergely was a fine artist, sketching and painting the city and small seaport towns in New England. In his own art, he was fascinated by bridges, in particular the Brooklyn Bridge. Perhaps the feeling of being planted with one foot in New York City and the other in his native Europe had something to do with that.

Here are two of Gergely’s earliest children’s books. On the surface, they appear very simple, but there is a great deal of thought in these compositions. Today, many children’s book illustrations are cluttered and packed with details. Gergely was at his core a storyteller, so he keeps the illustrations clear enough that even very young children can follow the story.

“WATCH ME” SAID THE JEEP

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THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE AUTO

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Many thanks to Terry and Linda for sharing these books with us.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Biography: Tibor Gergely

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Birth/Death

Birth: 1900 in Budapest, Hungary

Occupation/Title

Artist/Illustrator

Bio Summary

When he was a young teen he went to Galilei Circle and also became a member of the Sunday Circle after going to their lectures at the Free School of Spiritual Sciences. Later he went to Vienna with his wife Anna Lesznai. In Vienna he studied Lithography at the Academy of Applied Arts. When he returned to Budapest 1931 he taught at the Atelier Design School of Dezso Orben. He and his wife later migrated to New York City in 1939 to escape fascism in his country.

Early Life/Family


He was married to Anna Leszani who happens to be an Artist/Painter as well
Education/Training

Career Outline

He did cover art work for the New Yorker. He also most famous for his illustrations in the popular Little Golden Book series for children, some examples are Happy Man and His Dump Truck and The Little Red Caboose.

Scuffy the Tugboat and his Adventures Down the River- 1946, Illustrator
The Taxi that Hurried – 1946, Illustrator
Tootle -1945, Illustrator
New Yorker Covers – April 29, 1944 Illustrator
New Yorker Covers – July 29, 1944 Illustrator
New Yorker Covers – September 24, 1949 Illustrator
The Little Red Caboose – 1953, Illustrator
Tibor Gergely’s Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories – 1972, Author

Comments On Style

Influences

Personality

Anecdotes

Miscellaneous

Filmography

Honors

Related Links

A-HAA- Media: Tibor Gergely’s Golden Books
A-HAA Media: More Tibor Gergely Golden Book Illustrations
Kieselbach Gallery and Auction House
Barnes and Noble
Random House
The New Yorker store

Bibliographic References

Columbia University Libraries
Kieselbach Gallery and Auction House
Wikipedia
Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts

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