And just for fun, here are some more of our favorite crazy-good artists’s book illustrations.
Chagall illustrated a number of books during his lifetime, including a 1956 edition of the Bible. This one is from Jean Paulhan’s De Mauvais Sujets, which is, according to Marninart, worth $23,000. Christmas present for Mom?
Charley Harper is known for the style he once described as ‘minimal realism’, using color and form to capture his subject but omitting as many details as possible. This illustration is from the 1961 Giant Golden Book of Biology. Can you guess all the organisms?
Pablo Picasso created more that 34,000 book illustrations in his lifetime, including etchings for Ovid’s The Metamorphoses, Balzac’s The Unknown Masterpiece, and L’Histoire Naturelle, a natural history book written in 1749 by Comte de Buffon, from which Picasso selected 31 animals and drew them according to his own imaginings. We just like this cow. She looks like a troublemaker.
This is — as far as we know — the only book illustrated by American graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass. Though he is most well known for his stunning movie posters (see: Vertigo, West Side Story, The Man with the Golden Arm), we quite like the looks of Henri’s Walk to Paris. See more pictures at Grain Edit.
Bonus: Check out A Journey Round My Skull’s collection of gorgeous Polish children’s books. They are super gorgeous.