• Steven Heller

Illustrator Erik Blegvad Remembered

Erik Blegvad (born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1923) passed away in January 2014. He  illustrated more than one hundred books, including seven written by his wife, Lenore. His memoir, Self-Portrait, was published in 1978. Among his most well known, Mary Norton’s Bedknob and Broomstick, the fairy stories of Hans Christian Andersen, O. Henry, Myra Cohn Livingston, Judith Viorst, Jane Langton, Charlotte Zolotow and others.

“His minutely detailed brush and pen drawings recalled the myths and stories that his grandfather had told him during his boyhood in Denmark,” writes The Times of London “He was described by the American writer and artist Edward Gorey as one of the best of his generation.”

His son, the illustrator and cartoonist Peter Blegvad sent along “Memories of Erik Blegvad,” a celebration of the man and his work.

Bednob and Broomstick, 1957.

Erik, 1953. Boulevard St. Michel, Paris.

Illustrations for ‘The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton (1952).

From “The Story of Peace and War” by Tom Galt, a book about the role of the newly formed U. N. After the liberation of Denmark.

Pearl Paint in New York City, c.1999.

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