Monday, January 22, 2007
Singing the Praises of Aurelius Battaglia
It was while working on the profile of another illustrator that I became aware of Aurelius Battaglia's spectacular Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs.
What a revelation! This thick hardcover book is bursting with page after page of Battaglia's beautifully designed and stylized illustrations. The small sample you'll be seeing this week won't begin to give you the scope of this masterful volume.
If this is not Battaglia's magnum opus, I can't imagine what is. It made me realize how influential artists like Battaglia were on the evolving look and style of illustration in the 50's - not just on children's book illustration, but on the entire field - even to this day.
You can take a closer look at these images in my Aurelius Battaglia Flickr set.