It has been seventy-five years since illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, children’s book Madeline was published. The series of books follows the adventures of a mischievous Parisian schoolgirl and has been favorite reading for several generations of readers, this writer included.
To celebrate Madeline's seventy-fifth birthday, The New York Historical Society Museum and library in New York City is exhibiting many of Bemelmans’s original illustrations created for Madeline along with drawings of the old Ritz Hotel in New York and murals from a Paris bistro. The exhibition, “Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans” runs now through October 13, 2014.
Ludwig Bemelmans, Cover Illustration for Madeline (1939).
In addition to his children’s books, Ludwig Bemelmans created cover illustrations for the leading American magazines of the Twentieth Century, designed sets for a Broadway play and is renowned for his murals in The Carlyle Hotel in New York.
For more on Ludwig Bemelmans and Madeline visit the Madeline Wed site.