Born on December 11, 1872, Rene Bull started his artistic career as a political cartoonist and sketch artist. He later turned his talents to illustration, creating richly detailed art for “The Arabian Nights” (1912), “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” (1913), and other children’s titles. Remembering his lush imagery on his birthday, here are some of my favorite Rene Bull artworks.
Alfred Eisenstaedt, was a brilliant photographer who captured some of the most iconic images in history. All of his work had a distinct ‘in-the-moment’ sensibility that made his photos unforgettable.
Eisenstaedt, fleeing Nazi Germany in 1935, emigrated to America and took a job as a staff photographer for LIFE magazine. His work touched the hearts and mind of readers and over the years his arresting photos graced 90 LIFE covers.
His ability to see and photograph layered candid images made his work memorable for generations. Reviewing his photography, it also emerges that he loved to photograph his subjects reading.
Perhaps it was the sense of retreat from the world that a reader’s profile offers. Maybe his subjects were devoted bookworms. Whatever the inspiration, Eisenstaedt’s lens was drawn to these interludes. Some of my favorites are collected below.
His shutter opened and closed, giving these passing moments powerful permanence. Reading is beautiful.
By Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
When young Duncan opens his coloring box, Duncan discovers his crayons gone and in their place, a collection of letters explaining why they’ve quit. His crayons have essentially gone on strike, complaining of their poor working conditions – each color has their own sad story to tell. Red is overworked (coloring fire engines and covering the big holidays of Christmas and Valentine ’s Day). Beige is underworked (and suggests more fields of wheat in drawings).Yellow and Orange both believe they are the true color of the sun and are not currently speaking to each other. And poor White doesn’t even get used without Black’s outline! The resignation letters are hilarious – and full of the crayons’ self-serving tips for young readers to discover new ways to use ALL the colors at their disposal. From the furious scribbler to the finicky colorist, the laugh-out-loud title will become a top shelf favorite for every budding artist in the family.
Reviewed and recommended by “A Page in a Book” by Gerry Smith