Friday 22 April 2022

Roger Duvoisin - part 9

Roger Duvoisin (1904–1980) was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and in 1927, moved to New York for a job in textile design. When the company folded, he decided to publish a book he’d written and illustrated for his son. A Little Boy Drawing (Charles Scribner’s Sons) was released in 1932, and he followed it with Donkey, Donkey, which firmly established his career in children’s books—and is still in print, now from NYR Children’s Collection.

Roger’s signature style was colourful, bold, and graphic, and he had a strong sense of composition and design. He incorporated both humour and drama into the lines of his art and delivered compassion without being sentimental. Over the years, he wrote and illustrated over forty books, including series that featured Petunia the silly goose and Veronica the conspicuous hippo, folktales such as the Three Sneezes and The Crocodile in the Tree, and concept books such as A for the Ark.

Roger also created pictures for over 140 books by other authors. Among them were the popular Happy Lion books written by his wife, Louise Fatio, and nineteen books by Alvin R. Tresselt, including White Snow, Bright Snow, which was awarded a Caldecott Medaland Hide and Seek Fog, which was named a Caldecott Honour Book. Four of his titles were New York Times Best Illustrated Books, and in 1976, he received the Kerlan Award for Children’s Literature. His work is on display in the Duvoisin Gallery at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, in New Brunswick, NJ.

For earlier works see parts 1 - 8 also. This is part 9 of an 11 part series on the works of Roger Duvoisin:

1963 The Lamb and the Child by Dean Frye
published by McGraw-Hill

1964 The Poodle Who Barked at the Wind by Charlotte Zolotow
published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

1966 Around the Corner by Jean Showalter
published by Doubleday & Co.

1963 Spring Snow by Roger Duvoisin, published by Knopf, New York:

1963 The April Umbrella by Priscilla & Otto Friedrich, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard:

1964 The Happy Lion and the Bear by Louise Fatio, published by Whittlesey House, New York:

1965 Days of Sunshine - Days of Rain by Dean Frye, published by McGraw-Hill:

1965 Hide and Seek Fog by Alvin Tresselt, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard:

1965 Petunia, I love You by Roger Duvoisin:

1965 The Rain Puddle by Adelaide Holl, published by Bodleian: