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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Illustration: Felix Lorioux’s Tales From Perrault

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Here are some early illustrations by Felix Lorioux depicting three tales from Perrault published in 1926. These delicate watercolors aren’t as elaborately rendered as the ones in our previous postings of Fables De La Fontaine and Le Buffon des Enfants, but the drawing (particularly of nature) and the composition and framing of the images are beautiful. Enjoy!

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PUSS IN BOOTS

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CINDERELLA

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Stephen Worth
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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Illustration: Felix Lorioux’s Fantastic Worlds

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Here’s another post about an artist you’ve never heard of before, but you’ll never forget once you look at his work! My pal Tony "Superslice" Mora gave me this book as a birthday gift. It’s a real treasure.

Felix LoriouxFelix LoriouxFelix Lorioux was one of France’s best loved artists, but he was a humble, quiet man who did little to promote himself beyond his home country. He was born in 1872 and began as a fashion designer. But his childlike sense of wonder led him to a career as a children’s book illustrator. Walt Disney was impressed with his abilities and hired him to illustrate books for the French market based on Mickey Mouse and the Silly Symphonies. It has been said that a Lorioux illustration of a goose in a sailor suit may have even been the inspiration for Donald Duck. Around 1934, Disney revoked the contract and brought the work in house. Presumably, Walt felt that Lorioux’s illustrations were "off model" and wanted to standardize the look of the books featuring his characters. Ultimately, it was Disney’s loss, not Lorioux’s.

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Felix LoriouxFelix LoriouxLorioux went on to illustrate definitive editions of Perrault’s Fairy Tales, Don Quixote, the Fables of La Fontaine and Robinson Crusoe. However, he was most at home painting delicate watercolors of the birds, flowers and insects in his garden. He imagined fantastic worlds populated by these little creatures. This book, "Le Buffon des Enfants: Les Insectes de Chez Nous" is one of his greatest works. Tony was fortunate enough to stumble across a deluxe edition from 1946 that was limited to only 2000 copies. The print quality is astounding. Lorioux’s books are rarely seen in the United States.

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I don’t have room on the blog to reproduce this entire book, but check out the way Lorioux incorporates his watercolors into the text of the book…

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Here’s another jaw-droppingly beautiful book by Lorioux, Fables De La Fontaine…

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If anyone reading this has more information about Lorioux or his work, feel free to share it in the comments.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Biography: Felix Lorioux

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Birth/Death

Birth: 1872 Angers, France
Death: 1964

Occupation/Title

Children’s Book Illustrator/Designer

Bio Summary

He was one of the greatest children’s book illustrators, but was relatively unknown in the United States. He started his career as a fashion illustrator, but would eventually start creating illustrations for children’s book because of his love of fables and fairy tales. In the year 1907, he began to illustrate magazines for children, and illustrated the book ‘Jean, l’Ours’ (John, the Bear) which was first published in 1913. He also illustrated for the fashion magazines, news gazettes, record companies, and for products during his career. Success arrived in 1928 with the renowned “Album Lorioux” published by Hachette, the most famous house of editors in France during this period. His works were used in ‘Don Quichotte’, ‘Les Contes de Perrault’ and ‘Robinson Crusoe’. He also had worked for Disney during World War I for a brief stint illustrating books and was offered to come to the United States to work on Snow White, but refused to leave his country.

Early Life/Family

He was married to Lily.

Education/Training

No information about his education or training.

Career Outline

His greatest children’s book it was when he collaborated with author Charles. He did illustrations for Cinderella, Le Petit Pouchet (Tom Thumb) and Puss-in-Boot in which Perrault wrote. Illustrated for other books such as Mon Journal, Les Deux Negauds Par La Comtesse de Segur, Fables de La Fontaine, Roman de Renard, Le Buffon Des Enfants, and Mickey et Minnie.?Comments on Style?His decorative, Art Nouveau-inspired illustrations would become his style and would be the inspiration for many illustrators of today, including his contemporaries. Both the modern style and the Japanese style popular at the turn of the century are apparent in his work. He put great emphasis on animals in his work. His love for fables, fantasy, and fairy tales would lead him to create gorgeous illustrations for many children’s books. He started working in conte crayon, but soon used paint with bold, bright colors. He had a modern, . He came up with techniques for illustration that are still in use today. He also had great attention to detail.

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Influences

He mainly drew inspiration from animals, insects, plants, fairy tales, and literarture. His artistic influences were French artists Arthur Racknam, Beardsley, and Danish artist Kay Nielsen, and also his contemporaries.

Personality

He was a modest man, but he let many opportunities pass by because of his shy behavior. He was often hypercritical of himself and timid. He did not really like to promote himself. He also considered himself more of an artisan rather than an artist. His behavior would drive his wife Lily crazy. She would rush to send jobs off to the printers because he felt that he did not finish his work.

Anecdotes

He was a modest man, but he let many opportunities pass by because of his shy behavior. He was often hypercritical of himself and timid. He did not really like to promote himself. He also considered himself more of an artisan rather than an artist. His behavior would drive his wife Lily crazy. She would rush to send jobs off to the printers because he felt that he did not finish his work.

Miscellaneous

The character Donald Duck was inspired by one of his series of illustrations called ‘la poule sur un mur’ (The Chicken on a Wall) which was published in 1919.

Filmography

Honors

In 1984, the Georges Pompidou Museum, Paris, hosted an exhibition of Lorioux’s work; many other galleries (Lebrun Jouve, Museé des Beaux Arts at Angers, among others) have also hosted exhibitions of his work.

Related Links

A-HAA: Illustration: A Visual Feast

Bibliographic References

In 1984, the Georges Pompidou Museum, Paris, hosted an exhibition of Lorioux’s work; many other galleries (Lebrun Jouve, Museé des Beaux Arts at Angers, among others) have also hosted exhibitions of his work.

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