Attempted Bloggery On Auctioned Addams “Dear Dead Days”; Book Of Interest: Ludwig Bemelmans; More Spills!

Here’s Attempted Bloggery on the recent auction of Charles Addams’ original cover art for his 1959 anthology, Dear Dead Days

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Book Of Interest: Ludwig Bemelmans

Not out til June of 2019, but certainly worth looking forward to!

From the publisher (Thames & Hudson): “Ludwig Bemelmans offers a visually rich view into the life and work of this much-loved artist and writer, and includes exclusive sketches and photographs from the Bemelmans archive that have never been previously published.”

Link here to the publisher’s page.

Here’s Mr. Bemelman’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

 

 

 

Ludwig Bemelmans  (above) Born, April 27, 1898. Died, October 1, 1962. New Yorker work: contributed six cartoons *and thirty-two covers as well written pieces in a New Yorker career that began in October of 1937 and lasted until August 1962. He achieved lasting fame with his series of Madeline books.

Below are two favorite Bemelmans New Yorker covers.  What I absolutely love about his cover work is his ability to take on the big scene, and do it with electric abandon.

 *Looking through the Bemelmans cartoons IDed on the New Yorker‘s database, I couldn’t find one in the issue of February 18, 1950, so I’m lowering his cartoon count by 1, to 5 (It’s possible that someone misidentified the Steinberg drawing in that issue as a Bemelmans). 

Here’s an example of one of his five — this from the issue of January 7, 1950.

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Cartoon Companion has posted its latest rated reviews of this week’s New Yorker cartoons. 

…Next week’s issue of The New Yorker (December 3, 2018) will include a section titled “City of Dreams”  — an online piece explains:

This week, while we digest one holiday and prepare for more, we’ve decided to open the archive and republish a sampling of New York stories, New York essays, New York poems, and New York drawings.

 

Fun of Interest: Swann Auction Includes Addams, Barsotti, Steinberg, and So Many More

The New Yorker section of the upcoming Swann auction is an awful lot of fun.  The Addams cover shown above is just one of the gems listed. To see the “3D catalog” go here.  Other New Yorker artists whose work is going under the gavel include Charles Barsotti, Bemelmans, Abe Birnbaum, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Ed Fisher, Heidi Goennel, Edward Gorey, Theodore Haupt, John Held, Jr., Helen Hokinson, Maira Kalman, Arnie Levin, Rick Meyerowitz, Bill Mauldin, Donald Reilly, Mischa Richter, Arnold Roth, Charles Saxon, Ronald Searle, Seth, Steinberg, Tom Toro, and Gahan Wilson.

NYC Subway Car of Interest: Mark Alan Stamaty’s Illustrated Shuttle; More Spills… Harry Bliss in a Salinger Home… the new Swann Catalog with Original Art by 18 New Yorker Artists

timessquare-grandcentralshuttlemarkstamatyRead all about Mark Alan Stamaty’s NYC illustrated subway car on Mike Lynch‘s blog here.

 

Mr. Stamaty’s New Yorker debut was with this cover in November of 1992. Here’s a link to his website.

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Bliss

From newyorker.com, September 8, 2016,  “Salinger’s House, Artists Retreat” — the New Yorker‘s Sarah Larson visits Harry Bliss in a Salinger home, now owned by the cartoonist.

 

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The new Swann catalog is now available online.  Anyone interested in original New Yorker art will absolutely love looking through.  New Yorker artists represented (both cartoonists and cover artists) are Charles Addams, Frank Modell, Ed Fisher, Tom Toro, William Steig, James Stevenson, Mischa Richter, Barbara Shermund,  Ilonka Karasz,   Laura Jean Allen, Beatrice Szanton, John Jonik, Peter Arno, Ludwig Bemelmans, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Arthur Getz, and Leonard Weisgard.