Friday, 16 September 2016

"Mike And The Modelmakers" By Miraslav Sasek (published by Lesney Products & Co. Ltd, UK 1970) Part 3

A book published by the manufacturers of the legendary "matchbox" toy cars - very nostalgic for those who grew up in the sixties and seventies as they were very popular and probably very collectible nowadays. Miroslav Šašek (1916-1980) was a born in Prague and studied architecture while taking lessons on drawing and painting with Czech artist Otakar Blažíček. He contributed drawings for newspapers and worked for book publishers until after WW2 when he moved to Paris to study art further. In 1948 when Communists took control over Czechoslovakia he decided to stay in France. His illustrations for the "This Is ..." series of travel books for children made him famous around the world and his style is instantly recognisable. "This Is Paris" was published in 1959, "This Is London"(1959), "This Is Rome"(1960), "This Is San Francisco"(1962) and many others. Here is another site dedicated on his life and work:

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

"But Soft: We Are Observed" By Hilaire Belloc, Drawings By G. K. Chesterton (published by Penguin Books Limited, 1939 - originally published in 1928) - Part 2

When I picked up this book about two months ago I was intrigued by these unusual drawings - quite minimalist, bold but delicate and funny at the same time. And then I saw the name of the artist, G. K. Chesterton, and thought it can't be him because he is a writer! Well, it turns out that G. K. Chesterton (born in London 1874-1936) wasn't only the famous writer but also a poet, philosopher, journalist, art and literary critic and many other things beside! I knew him from what is probably him best known work, the novel "The Man Who Was Thursday"(published in 1908). His pictures for this book were not a coincidence and he was a very close friend with Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953). A very good introduction to the man and his work here: