Illustration: Felix Lorioux’s Fantastic Worlds

Felix Lorioux

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.

Felix Lorioux

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

9 Responses to “Illustration: Felix Lorioux’s Fantastic Worlds”

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  2. Quite beautiful work. He’s new to me, and I’m glad to see this material. I’ll keep my eyes open for more.

  3. Jeremy Fries says:

    The Silly Symphonies connection seems pretty clear to me! These are great pictures, thanks for posting this!

  4. Dennis Hermanson says:

    The work is exquisite, and I immediately thought of the early magazine work of Harrison Cady, St. Nicholas, circa 1906 (St. Nicholas, Volume 39, Part 2) or so, as in this link I just found.

    http://tinyurl.com/4hoqg67

    But that’s only to say, this is say that Felix Lorioux’s Fantastic Worlds is truly art and so enchanting!

    Thanks for putting it up.

  5. john says:

    I have a number of 5 in.x 7 in. prints by this artist that are probably from the 1940`s, each marked with AU LOUVRE, Paris on the top left corner. Do you know anything about what these prints might be? Thanks

  6. […] von Körnli und Rispli published by Chocolats Nestlé, 1945,  Gracias aMichael Studt Felix Lorioux, Le Buffon des Enfants, Les Insectes de Chez Nous, 1946 Fritz Baumgarten, Gartengemeinshaft […]

  7. Lorioux worked for Huguette Clark the billionaires who recently died at 105 yrs old. Huguette sent over $100,000. to Lily and Felix and supported many French artists.

  8. Isabel Nunes says:

    First time I heard about Lorioux was in the book about Huguette Clark “Empty Mansions” by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newall. I became curious as I never heard about Lourioux, possible due for him being so humble. His illustrations are marvellous and I would love to know where these prints are to see them personally.

  9. Ivan Camilli says:

    this is such a beautiful work. There are so many great illustrators that we do not know about! Thanks for sharing these. :)

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