This first catalogue raisonne of the prints of Wanda Gag -- one of the most praised printmakers of the 1920s and 1930s -- includes excerpts from her expressive diaries, which reveal her self-image as a New Woman and her concerns as an artist.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 28th 1993 by Smithsonian Books (DC)
(first published 1993)
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Mar 23, 2013 Anne Sawyer-Aitch rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Anne by: Sally Sawyer
I have loved Wanda Gag's children's books since I was a kid. Millions of Cats and The Funny Thing stand out because of Gag's superb eye for design, visual rhythm, and layout. What I didn't know (until my mother was doing a paper for her book club) was that she was a very accomplished lithographer. The children's books were bread-and-butter projects to her. As the book highlights over and over, Gag was a serious, prolific artist who had a talent for making everyday objects come alive: a humble ch...more
I'm obsessed with Wanda Ga'g. Her children's books-- chief among them, Millions of Cats-- only hint at her enormous talent as an artist, thinker and sensualist (can that be a talent?). This "catalogue" displays a large number of works, including drafts and sketches of final works, not often seen. I was intrigued by the number of works she completed using sandpaper as a printing medium (inking for multiple impressions) and as a surface for paintings and drawings. I've never seen this technique be...more