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LUDWIG BEMELMANS. "Then the black-and-white glimp opened one eye and saw this, and he didn't keep it open very long * Meanwhile the colored glimp was happily admiring a very beautiful picture painted by the great artist. Together, 2 illustrations published in Bemelmans's book A Tale of Two Glimps, (New York: The Columbia Broadcasting System, 1947). Watercolor, ink, and wash on paper. 280x445 mm; 11x17 1/2 inches. Archivally matted and framed to 19x25 inches. A copy of the book accompanies the artwork.
Published in 1947 and distributed without charge to associates of the Columbia Broadcasting System in celebration of the advent of color television, this charming book juxtaposes the limitations imposed upon "black-and-white glimp" in his colorless tv world with the chromogenic joys bestowed upon "colored glimp" by her set. Spoiler alert: a romance ensues. The second leaf states: "This book is dedicated to the young in heart, for it is their vision that has given us the miracle of television." Pomerance A42 states that no precise publication date or number could be determined as records were not kept by CBS. Provenance: Mort Rubenstein, long-time art director for CBS.