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Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator (Madeline)

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Although Ludwig Bemelmans is best known for his Madeline books, his creative life extended far beyond the "old house in Paris". He was a novelist and a nonfiction writer, as well as a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vogue, Holiday, and Town & Country. He also painted murals in the bar at the Carlyle Hotel that still bears his name. Throughout his life he was a celebrated bon vivant who experienced a rich variety of places, personalities, and professions. He even sold a screenplay to MGM, and planned to collaborate on a book with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.<P>Late in his life Bemelmans decided to pursue his lifelong desire to paint with oils. The stunning results of his efforts are showcased here in two painting sections — one featuring his Paris paintings, the other pictures of Manhattan and its environs from his exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.<P>Bemelmans' fascinating life story is told through letters, photographs, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from both his published writings and his private journals, selected by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, who has also written a running text to guide the reader through Bemelmans' own words and pictures. The narrative celebrates the high times, but it also sheds light on some of the bleaker periods in Bemelmans' life and how these events influenced him and his art. The final part of the book explores his creative process while working on the Madeline sequels. This elegantly designed and lavishly illustrated book showcases Bemelmans' art and writing and illuminates the relationship between the man and his work.

Synopsis:

This elegantly designed and lavishly illustrated book showcases Bemelmans art and writing and illuminates the relationship between the man and his work. Bemelmans fascinating life story is told through letters, photographs, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from both his published writings and his private journals, selected by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano.

Although Ludwig Bemelmans is best known for his Madeline books, his creative life ex-tended far beyond the “old house in Paris.” He was a novelist and a non-fiction writer, as well as a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vogue, Holiday, and Town and Country.  He painted murals at the Carlyle Hotel, in the bar that bears his name, and planned to collaborate on a book with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Late in his life, Bemelmans decided to pursue his lifelong desire to paint with oils, and the stunning results are showcased here.

Throughout his life he was a celebrated bon vivant who experienced a rich variety of places, personalities, and professions.  Little wonder that Print Magazine found his biography “richly colored with a sense of  Bemelmanss joie de vivre”.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 148-149) and index.

About the Author

John Bemelmans Marciano feels that the writing and research for this book gave him an opportunity to get to know the grandfather he never met. Although he has always felt his grandfathers presence—through stories told by his mother and grandmother, books read to him as a child, and the artwork that filled his house—this project helped him to fit the pieces together.

John has continued his grandfathers legacy with four new books about Madeline: Madeline Says Merci, Madeline and the Cats of Rome, Madeline at the White House, and Madeline and the Old House in Paris. He is also the author of two books for adults: Anonyponymous and the upcoming What Ever Happened to the Metric System.

John grew up on a horse farm in New Jersey and attended Columbia University in New York. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670884605
Editor:
Hennessy, C.
Author:
Bemelmans, Ludwig
Editor:
Hennessy, C.
Author:
elmans, Ludwig
Author:
B, E. M.
Author:
Marciano, John Bemelmans
Author:
Bemelmans, Ludwig
Publisher:
Viking Children's Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Illustrators
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
Madeline
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series:
Madeline
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Photographs, full-color paintings, and d
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10.51x10.27x.75 in. 2.21 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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This elegantly designed and lavishly illustrated book showcases Bemelmans art and writing and illuminates the relationship between the man and his work. Bemelmans fascinating life story is told through letters, photographs, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from both his published writings and his private journals, selected by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano.

Although Ludwig Bemelmans is best known for his Madeline books, his creative life ex-tended far beyond the “old house in Paris.” He was a novelist and a non-fiction writer, as well as a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vogue, Holiday, and Town and Country.  He painted murals at the Carlyle Hotel, in the bar that bears his name, and planned to collaborate on a book with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Late in his life, Bemelmans decided to pursue his lifelong desire to paint with oils, and the stunning results are showcased here.

Throughout his life he was a celebrated bon vivant who experienced a rich variety of places, personalities, and professions.  Little wonder that Print Magazine found his biography “richly colored with a sense of  Bemelmanss joie de vivre”.

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