Occasionally Art will come into Children’s Rooms...
...when visual artists reach for paper and pencil, for example, to freely create a book or a portfolio of pictures for a certain child, as was the case for Leonora Carrington, Otto Dix, or Keith Haring.Or an artistic text and image sequence emerges from a playful finger exercise for the child within - as Tomi Ungerer once described it - and, with a little luck, finds its way into the printed picture book.It is not unusual for artists to consider the printed picture book as one medium among many for the realization of their pictorial ideas, as is the case with Maurice Sendak, Bruno Munari or Shaun Tan, for example.
This online gallery of artists’ picture books from over 20 countries presents such remarkable picture books, tells the story of their creation, and describes them within the context of the artists’ overall oeuvre.
The picture books are part of a continually growing private collection, which aims to open up new perspectives on picture book art. Their online presentation is an invitation to the “Gallery of Picture Book Art”, in the spirit of the Czech book artist Květa Pacovská, who likens looking at a picture book to the first visit of a child to a gallery.