|Willy Pogany, 1882-1955|
After my last post a friend wrote to say he'd been familiar only with Willy Pogany's Art-Nouveau-inspired illustrations for Padraic Colum's books. It was a great excuse to share just a few of the works of this prolific and remarkably versatile illustrator.
Willy Pogany was born in Hungary in 1882. After studying art in Paris he moved to London where, beginning in the early 1910s, he built a solid reputation as a book illustrator. He married and moved with his wife to America. He was naturalized as an American citizen in 1921. Here's a link to Pogany's Wikipedia biography, which includes several useful links if you want to learn more about him. It also tells how to pronounce his name.
|Cosmetic Ad, 1923|
|From his "Watercolor Lessons;" probably from an earlier illustration|
|Red Cross Magazine June 1919|
|From one of his versions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (he did at least two)|
"Amethyst" from a birthstone series for American Weekly
Mother Goose--a remarkable design/illustration project
"The Wishing Ring Man," 1917
"Sapphire," another birthstone from The American Weekly (1945)