Paris: Etienne Marcus, 1946-1948. Felix Lorioux. First Limited Edition. Square Folio. (25.5 cm x 25.5 cm.) ills. Unpaginated. Colorful, pictorial paper boards. Slight bump to board on volume I. Overall, an exceptional set in Fine condition. Item #89
The delicate and lively art of Felix Lorioux was ultimately too niche for the willful Walt Disney. After a short time working for Disney in the early 1930s , Lorioux, quiet and unassuming, decided instead to take a job back in his native France illustrating classic books for children. By the time of his death in the 1960s, Lorioux had become regarded as one of the greatest illustrators of his generation. Lorioux's pen and ink watercolors wonderfully echoed the color complexities of Art Noveau with the simplicity of Japanese line drawings. The result was something entirely distinctive and original in books illustrated for children. Traditional folk tales get a new expression. Whimsical animals and insects are drawn with both a lightness of touch and vividness of color. This set of "Le Buffon Des Enfants", a series of natural history books for children, showcases Lorioux at the height of his talent. Text in French.