Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sendak: Images and Wishes

There is something special in the Maurice Sendak’s illustrations. There are full of expressive marks, full of strange ink-lines, mysterious sketches... Sendak is one of the most important illustrators/authors of Children’s Literature. His books have a lot of acceptance among “little” readers. Why? I suppose its success dues to dreams and nightmares world, confronted feelings and dark desires. Children need run away of reality and find another world, that place where the wild things live…
Since he published his masterpiece Where the wild things are, his fame has no limits… He was born in 1926 into a Polish Jewish family that arrived to USA before the World War I. When he was young started to paint. He went to art school at the Art Students' League to continue his education. After some minor works, in 1963, he finally published Where the wild things are. It’s been a best-seller since its publication, has been traduced in many languages and, even, has inspired a theatre play. Sendak is one of the Children’s Literature’s living-legend, who not only has wrote and painted his own works; he has collaborated with other authors too, for example Else Holmelund Minarik (Little Bear) or Isaac Bashevis Singer. Among Maurice Sendak’s titles, we could mention The nutcracker (his version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale), In the night kitchen (one of the few illustrated books censured in USA), The Sign On Rosie's Door or Higglety Pigglety Pop!

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