Where Picture Books Began: The Illustrations of Walter Crane

Chiba City Museum of Art

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[Image: Walter Crane "Beauty and the Beast" (1874) private collection]

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Considered a pioneer of the modern picture book, Walter Crane (1945-1915) was an English artist and book illustrator that rose to prominence in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He is also known as a designer who promoted the Arts and Crafts movement alongside the renowned William Morris. After studying drawing as an apprentice at a wood engraving workshop, Crane was discovered by engraver and printer Edmund Evans, who began collaborating with him in 1965 on full color picture books known as toy books. Their work received much acclaim and Crane soon rose to fame as an illustrator of children’s books. Come 1877, however, he ceased working with toy books, though he went on to create numerous other masterpieces in the field of illustration over his lifetime. It has been observed that Crane had a marked interest in Japanese ukiyo-e, which in evident in some of his works. In terms of design, Crane worked on wallpaper, textiles and interior decoration. A multifaceted man, he was also a teacher, painter and enthusiastic socialist.

This is the first exhibition to introduce Crane’s art in Japan. Centering on his drawings for books, around 140 works, including all his major illustrations, will be on exhibit. In addition, there will be around 40 works by other painters such as Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott, who, together with Crane, led the golden age of the picture book.

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Talk Event: An Introduction to Walter Crane
Event Date: Apr. 22 (Sat) 14:00- (Doors open 13:30)
Speaker: Kana Yamane (Chiba City Museum of Art)
Venue: 11F Seminar Room
Admission: Free
Capacity: 150
*Event in Japanese.


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from 4月 05, 2017 to 5月 28, 2017
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