Illustration Inspiration from a 1950’s French Children’s Storybook

After passing by many times, I finally visited a tiny second hand children’s bookstore last week and found this little gem there.  The illustrations are full of life and are great inspiration for breezy watercolors.  There isn’t much information out there on the artist, but I did find that Pierre Belvès (1909-1994) illustrated over 50 children’s books from the 1940s to the 1960s, and helped begin creative workshops for kids which later evolved into a program that still continues today for all ages.


Here are a few of my favorite images from La moitié de poulet (1953):





I supposed the black and white images were interspersed with the color to save money, but I like the contrast and the simplicity of these images, too.  I wonder whether they were painted in color and later turned into black and white?





This two-page fox spread is fabulous!





I’m always a sucker for high end interiors! What a fancy frame.



Are there any vintage authors out there that you love and want to share?  I’d love to hear from you.





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