Alice Provensen began illustrating books with her husband Martin in the mid 1940’s and their style is one of my absolute favorites! I found this little blurby on them that I thought was pretty cool:
The Provensens had remarkably similar experiences before they met. Both of them were born in Chicago, Illinois, and their families moved to California when they were twelve years of age. In California, they graduated from high school and college. Martin worked for the Disney Studio, in the Story Department, from 1937 to 1941. Alice worked with the artists who drew for the Walter Lantz Studio, the creators of Woody Woodpecker. Both studios were in Hollywood. They didn’t meet until 1943, when Martin, who was now in the Navy, was assigned to the Walter Lantz Studio to help create instructional films for the military. Eventually the couple moved to New York City, where friend and artist Gustaf Tenggren helped them get their first picture book illustration assignment. That first book was The FiresideÂ Book of Folk Songs. They bought a farm in upstate New York, and their bookÂ A Year at Maple Hill FarmÂ became an instant classic. They illustrated several Golden Books, among themÂ The Color KittensÂ andÂ Animal Farm.Â Â â€” The Children’s Literature Network
What a neat couple huh! This book has such amazing illustrations. I think you’ll love Alice and Martin as much as I do!
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They are great! We found an original copy of the Fireside Book when our first son was born. He loves the songs, we love the illustrations!
this whole post makes me happy
I forgot what the theme for todays instagram challenge was, so I googled it. Your blog was on the list of websites that appeared. The lure of modern and retro and vintage was too much to resist, I clicked, and here I am! I’ve only scrolled thru a few posts, but I can already tell that this is a place where I’m gonna want to hang out for awhile:)
Aw courtney that’s awesome. Welcome to our kooky world! (And I hope ya stay a while….)