Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 4: Barry Moser in Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children's Books

Barry Moser is our fourth illustrator from the Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children's Books exhibit. You can read more about Moser on Wikipedia (great for more links) or on his own website, here's an excerpt:

BARRY MOSER was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1940. He was educated at a military academy there, The Baylor School, then at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He did graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970. He studied with George Cress, Leonard Baskin, Fred Becker, and Jack Coughlin. His work is represented in numerous collections, museums, and libraries in the United States and abroad, including The National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Metropolitan Museum, The British Museum, The Library of Congress, The National Library of Australia, The London College of Printing, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Vatican Library, Harvard University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Cambridge University, the Israel Museum and Princeton University to name a few. Mr. Moser has exhibited internationally in both one-man and group exhibits. He is a member of the Society of Printers, Boston; an Associate of the National Academy of Design elected in 1982; made full Academician in 1994; and was a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. He was awarded the Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts (1999), the Doctor of Humanities degree by Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts (2001), and the Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts (2003).
I'm always happy to find a native Tennessean, I even spent seven years of my childhood in Chattanooga although I am mostly a Nashvillian.

Now on to the images:

Featured books:

Earthquack! The Three Silly Billies Lewis Carroll's Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (The Pennyroyal Edition as designed and illustrated by Barry Moser)

Other books:

Psalm 23 (Master Illustrator Series, The) Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes One Hundred Portraits: Artists, Architects, Writers, Composers, and Friends
Once upon a Fairy Tale: Four Favorite Stories Beauty and the Beast The Blessing of Beasts


  1. I love how varied Moser's style is! From the more somber and atmospheric black-and-white drawings to the more playful colored illustrations. I first encountered his illustrations in Dante's Commedia, and then I found his Beauty & the Beast in the library one day—it's my favorite tale and I loved that interpretation of it.

  2. I enjoyed these as they seem quite different to the usual romantic style illustration for fairy tales - I imagine they could appeal to boys as well.