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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Illustration: Tenggren’s Sing For Christmas

Gustaf Tenggren Sing For Christmas

Around 1940, Gustaf Tenggren left the Disney Studios a changed man. It’s said that he gathered together the paintings he had created up to that point, piled them up in the street and set fire to them. With this single decisive act, he marked a turning point in his artistic career. He never painted in the classic European book illustrator style again. He had resolved himself to create a new style.

Gustaf Tenggren Sing For ChristmasGustaf Tenggren Sing For ChristmasI really don’t know what brought him to that point. I’d love to know the full story. But you can clearly see the sharp dividing line between old and new in his work. In the first few years of the 1940s, Tenggren struggled to develop a new way of painting- a simplified style that depended on fundamental qualities like skillful composition, expressive texture and unique color harmonies, rather than photo-realistic detail and modeling techniques derived from classical easel painting. This book, along with its sequel Sing For America and the schoolbook reader Runaway Home would lead to the creation of the very first Little Golden Books… The Pokey Little Puppy, The Tawny Scrawny Lion and The Saggy Baggy Elephant. You know the rest of the story…

This book is far from representing Tenggren’s best work, but it’s an important example of a decisive turning point in Tenggren’s career. I’ll post some illustrations from Sing For America and Runaway Home soon.

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Gustaf Tenggren Sing For Christmas
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Gustaf Tenggren Sing For Christmas
Gustaf Tenggren Sing For Christmas
Gustaf Tenggren Sing For Christmas
Gustaf Tenggren Sing For Christmas
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Gustaf Tenggren Sing For Christmas
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All of us at Animation Resources wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Illustration: Gustaf Tenggren’s Little Trapper

Tenggren Little Trapper

Gustaf Tenggren was born in Sweden in 1896. Throughout the 1920s, he illustrated children’s books and fairy tales in a richly detailed style similar to Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. In 1936, Walt Disney brought Tenggren to Hollywood to work on Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. His designs for the Dwarfs’ cottage and the forest were directly incorporated into the film by the layout artists.

The experience of working at Disney changed Tenggren’s artistic outlook. He abandoned the European illustrator style for a simpler, more direct, stylized approach. He illustrated the most iconic Golden Books… The Poky Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Shy Little Kitten and The Tawny Scrawny Lion, and he continued to paint for Western Publishing until his death in the early sixties.

Tenggren’s Golden Books are exemplified by bold, clear compositions; a harmonious use of color and masterful rendering of a variety of textures. This book, The Little Trapper, is one of Tenggren’s least often seen titles. Published in 1950, several years before DIsney’s Davy Crockett popularized the coonskin cap, this book includes some disarmingly beautiful paintings. In particular, notice how Tenggren renders the fur. It’s a different technique every time.

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Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Illustration: Tenggren’s D’Aulnoy, Good Dog and Winged Horse

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Just in case you aren’t convinced yet that Gustaf Tenggren is one of the most amazing children’s book illustrators of all time, here are three more persuasive arguments. These two books were published in 1923 and 1924, a very busy period for Tenggren. He had recently relocated to New York City, and he illustrated no less than eight books in a very short period of time. Make sure to click through the links to our other Tenggren posts at the bottom of this article to see more of his beautiful work.

D’AULNOY’S FAIRY TALES

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THE GOOD DOG BOOK

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SMALL FRY AND THE WINGED HORSE

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

This book, Small Fry and the Winged Horse was first published in 1927. Notice how confident and swift his brushstrokes are… how well he conveys the texture of foliage, fabric, fur and the sea… and how clear and interesing his compositions are. His expressions and body poses are always full of life, particularly when he is depicting children.

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Gustaf Tenggren Small Fry and the Winged Horse

Lines and Colors posted a nice feature on Tenggren this week.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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