LUDWIG BEMELMANS (1898-1962) Beauty No. 3 * The Fireside. A pair of illustrations of cast iron stoves.
Illustrations for an unknown publication. Ink, watercolor, and wash, on Palette artist's illustration board. 760x509 mm; 30x20 inches, boards. Unsigned. Laid to size in window matte; framed to 39x29 inches. Provenance: The artist, gifted to an editor of Good Housekeeping magazine; thence by descent. The celebrated illustrator and writer Ludwig Bemelmans, best known for his famous Madeline books, was also an avid gastronome. These amusing, large-scale drawings show his appreciation for the hominess and charm of old cookstoves. Based upon his relationship to the recipient, it is assumed that they were created for Good Housekeeping.