When he first began working, children's books in this country were still being illustrated with pre-separated, two or three-color art.
|The Mouse And The Lion|
Today our first thought might be, "Only two colors? How limiting!" But a perusal of the two-color art from the prominent illustrators of Weisgard's era quickly forces us to rethink our assumptions.
|The Clean Pig|
Could there be any more "color" in a full-color piece than there is in this illustration of Weisgard's?
Weisgard did go on to illustrate many children's books in full color. The beautifully soft illustrations in "The Golden Egg Book" have always been amongst my favorites.
|Pelican Here, Pelican There|
Other styles Weisgard employed reflect clearly the influences and trends in the art of his day. In fact, tracing the history of children's book illustration can be one way of tracing the development and evolution of the art of any modern era.
|Alice In Wonderland|
Whatever style and media Weisgard used, his work was distinct, totally recognizeable as his own and no one else's...
...so full of color, so full of emotion and warmth, so enticing and accessible and irresistible---inviting the viewer to jump into his world and become completely immersed.
Like many other illustrators, Weisgard did not confine his work to children's books. There is a lovely website about him, created by his children, as well as a couple of other sites, all of which give the public more online information than is often available for artists from the earlier 1900's. Do check these out and enjoy more of Weisgard's gorgeous art.