Bemelmans : the life & art of Madeline's creator / by John Bemelmans Marciano.

by Marciano, John BemelmansLooking glass.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1999.Description: vii, 151 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 27 cm.ISBN: 067088460X; 9780670884605.Other title: Life and art of Madeline's creator; Life & art of Madeline's creator.Subject(s): Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962 -- Characters -- Madeline | Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962Looking glass | Authors, American -- 20th century -- BiographyLooking glass | Children -- Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryLooking glass | Children's stories, American -- History and criticismLooking glass | Illustrators -- United States -- BiographyLooking glass | Madeline (Fictitious character)Looking glass | BiographiesLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 148-149) and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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  Bemelmans's joie de vivre".

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

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Library Journal Review

This delightful biography reveals the talents and larger-than-life personality of a remarkable writer and artist. In addition to his children's books, Bemelmans wrote short stories and novels for adults and created comic strips, painted murals, illustrated magazines, and designed sets and costumes. Marciano provides a lucid chronological framework for the life story of his "insatiably curious" grandfather, from his early years and failed schooling in Europe to his later work as an accomplished and celebrated artist. The final section describes the wonderfully circuitous process of creating a "Madeline" book and includes Bemelmans's poignant last sketches. Interspersed throughout are his personal letters and excerpts from both published work and private journals. Reproductions of Bemelmans's art include photographs, sketches, doodles, and paintings. Text and images merge seamlessly in this visually gorgeous work.-Mary Ann Carcich, Suffolk County Community College Library, Riverhead, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Author and illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of award-winning writer Ludwig Bemelmans. John discovered an unfinished manuscript for a children's story featuring Bemelmans' beloved picture-book heroine Madeline while rummaging through his late relative's memorabilia. Although Marciano had never met his grandfather, who passed away in 1962, he was well aquinted with his grandfather's six "Madeline" books and Bemelmans' engaging artwork.

Madeline in America, and Other Holiday Tales is based on Bemelman's unfinished manuscript, "Madeline's Christmas in Texas," completed and illustrated by Marciano. Basing his illustrations on the pencil sketches left by his grandfather, Marciano completes the story of Madeline who, with teacher Miss Clavel and the other eleven girls from her school in Paris, travels to Texas after she inherits a cattle ranch, gold mines, and oil wells. Including two other stories by Bemelmans, Madeline in America, and Other Holiday Tales also features an essay by Marciano's mother, Barbara Bemelmans, describing Christmas festivities in her artistic father's home. His title Madeline at the White House made Publisher's Weekly best seller list in 2011.

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