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Children's Books BY Women Artists

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Sat, 19 Sep 1998 01:06:55 -0400

on 9/17/98 nancy senn-kerbs wrote:
"Does anyone out there know of children's books on
women artists? I have
the Venezia series but it has only O'Keefe and
Cassatt. Can use
anything from pre-school age through 6th grade."

Dear Nancy,

This may not be of much concern to you for
this lesson, but as I read your question I was
thinking about the wonderful women ILLUSTRATORS of
children's books. Beatrix Potter is the first to
come to mind (anyone who does not consider her an
artist because she was an illustrator should look
a little more closly at her work).

At the turn of the century there were several
women artists working as illustrators. Another
name is Kate Greenaway, also Jessie M. King, more
obscure is Anne Anderson. There are many more I
can't think of right now, but their work is worth

It could be valuable to re-examine the
familiar children's book with an artist's eye.
The children's book revolution, inexorably
connected to improvements in the printing process,
changed the way artists produced work. For some
artists, the book was the work of art, not the
original. Students could see the artwork in the
manner it was intended by the artist- in books!


Rachel A. Gibas
Art Ed. Intern
University of Florida

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