The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator

By John Bemelmans Marciano; C. Hennessy (Editor); Ludwig Bemelmans (Illustrator)

Viking Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780670884605, 160pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1999

This elegantly designed and lavishly illustrated book showcases Bemelmans art and writing and illuminates the relationship between the man and his work. Bemelmans fascinating life story is told through letters, photographs, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from both his published writings and his private journals, selected by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano.
Although Ludwig Bemelmans is best known for his Madeline books, his creative life ex-tended far beyond the old house in Paris. He was a novelist and a non-fiction writer, as well as a regular contributor to "The New Yorker, Vogue, Holiday, "and "Town and Country. "He painted murals at the Carlyle Hotel, in the bar that bears his name, and planned to collaborate on a book with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Late in his life, Bemelmans decided to pursue his lifelong desire to paint with oils, and the stunning results are showcased here.
Throughout his life he was a celebrated bon vivant who experienced a rich variety of places, personalities, and professions. Little wonder that" Print Magazine" found his biography richly colored with a sense of Bemelmans's joie de vivre .

About the Author
John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of "Madeline" creator Ludwig Bemelmans. A self-taught illustrator, his previous books for Viking include "Delilah" and "Madeline Says Merci,"

Ludwin Bemeumans wrote over forty children's books. His illustrations can be found in many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musee National d'Art of Paris.

Praise For Bemelmans

“Like a banquet at the old Ritz-Carlton, this book is irresistible.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This is a sublime account of an artist’s life, an adult book about the painter whose greatest work was for children….one of the loveliest [books] published this year.” —Louisville Courier-Journal

“Marciano’s book, richly colored with a sense of Bemelmans’s joie de vivre, is fun to read. A multi-faceted treasure.” —Print Magazine