I first discovered his illustrations as a child when I read The Pokey Little Puppy.I later discovered more of Tenggren's Little Golden Books, as well as other children's books. I was entranced by his work, right from the beginning. But well into my adulthood I was unaware that I had barely scratched the surface as to this artist's accomplishments.
Then a good friend introduced me to Disney films like Snow White. (No, I never saw these films until I was an adult---but that's another blog post.)
Tenggren was a major contributor to these films, creating huge amounts of artwork, and of ideas (though he was never credited at the time). I was stunned by the visual power and beauty of these films, particularly the backgrounds and scene settings.
"Ah," I thought, "now I've seen the complete range of this artist's work."
But when I began searching the internet for more information about Tenggren, I was---well, embarrassed because I saw that there was much more of Tenggren's art and his innumerable styles and prolific output that I had never seen. I realized that all my life I had actually known hardly anything about the person whose talent I had admired for so long. And I was also completely bowled over by the diverse range, the beauty, and the superb excellence of his art. I hope you already know more than I did about Tenggren's work. Or if you don't, I invite you to embark on a journey of discovery with me, and learn more about this incredible master of art-making. To get you started, here are a few links (though the internet is disappointingly sparse in its information about this illustrator, and in fact about almost any illustrator from earlier eras):