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Friday, August 26th, 2016

Illustration: Mabel Lucie Attwell’s Peter Pan and Wendy

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyMabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyThere often seems to be a disconnect between the illustrators Walt Disney hired to do inspirational artwork for his films and the designs he actually ended up using. On Snow White, Disney hired the amazing painter, Gustaf Tenggren; but his instructions to him were to paint in the style of Arthur Rackham. For Peter Pan, he hired the illustrator David Hall, but the film itself doesn’t resemble his work at all. Instead, it’s actually closer to being a "Disneyfication" of Mabel Lucie Attwell’s illustrations for the 1921 edition of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan & Wendy.

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyMabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyAttwell was born in 1879 and received some education at the Regent School of Art and Heatherley’s School of Art in London, but she grew bored with her academic studies and dropped out to focus on her own interests… painting cherubic children and fairies. Her work wasn’t very warmly received at first by galleries and agents, but when her first batch of paintings sold out in three days, they became much more enthusiastic. Attwell illustrated greeting cards and children’s books, the most famous of which we are featuring today, Peter Pan & Wendy.

Disney didn’t appropriate Attwell’s baby faced characters, but he did use some of the same details of costume and setting, and placed the emphasis of his visual storytelling on many of the same elements. Attwell’s designs lean a bit too heavily on formula, but there is a distinctive delicate appeal to her style. Enjoy.

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Illustration: Boris O’Klein’s Dirty Dogs of Paris

Boris O'Klein Dogs

Today’s images are a bit of a mystery. Even though untold numbers of these prints have sold over the years, very little is known about the artist who created them. The compositions are all very long and don’t fit the computer screen well, so make sure you click on the images and look at the full size scans.

Boris O'Klein Dogs

If you had visited Paris on a vacation anytime during the 1930s to the 1950s, odds are you would have brought back one of these prints as a souvenir. My Uncle who was a Rear Admiral in the Navy had a pair of these hanging in his bathroom and as a child I was fascinated by them. Called "The Dirty Dogs of Paris", this series of etchings was created by an artist who went by the multi-ethnic name "Boris O’Klein". His real name was Arthur Klein and he was born in Moscow, Russia in 1893.

Boris O'Klein Dogs

Boris O'Klein Dogs

O’Klein emigrated to France as a boy and became a successful magazine illustrator in Paris during the 1930s. The story goes that he spent hours watching the stray dogs in the streets outside his studio and realized that their personalities weren’t all that different from people. He was inspired to create a few cartoons of the dogs doing what dogs do… peeing on trees, chasing female dogs and sniffing each others’ butts.

Boris O'Klein Dogs

Boris O'Klein Dogs

The dog cartoons were just a lark. His real passion was painting hunting and wilderness scenes. But he realized the money making potential of the Dirty Dogs, and supplied a series of etchings to gift shops and galleries all over Paris. They became hugely popular and overshadowed all of his other work. Eventually, they even overshadowed the artist who created them.

Boris O'Klein Dogs

Boris O'Klein Dogs

I found these prints at eBay. They appear to be quite common. There are at least four or five different signatures on them, depending on the vintage, so it’s evident that they were cranked out in quantity by a third party. They appear to be still in production, although the recent prints are not nearly as good looking as the older ones.

Boris O’Klein passed away in 1985. I wish I could tell you more about him, but that’s all I know. If anyone reading has any info, please 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.

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Inbetweens: Vintage Magazine Covers

Here is a sample of stunning vintage magazine covers, courtesy of the website Magazine Art.org.

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These and many other striking covers can be found at MagazineArt.com

-Nicholas John Pozega

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