Fabulous Animals: The Illustrated World of Robert Lawson opens at the Fairfield Museum

If you enjoyed Mr. Popper’s Penguins and have fond memories of The Story of Ferdinand, here’s your chance to see illustrations from those books in person! Fabulous Animals: The Illustrated World of Robert Lawson opens at the Fairfield Museum on April 1. The exhibition features a wide range of Lawson’s original drawings and paintings. The exhibition runs through Sept. 18, 2016.

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) had a long and distinguished career as an artist, children’s book illustrator and author. Perhaps best known for illustrations of The Story of Ferdinand and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Lawson is the only artist and author to have won both the Caldecott and the Newbery Awards for children’s literature.

A resident of Westport, Connecticut, Lawson and his wife Marie, also an illustrator, lived at Rabbit Hill, pictured in Robert Lawson’s book Rabbit Hill (1945). Lawson often found inspiration for his artwork and stories in the Connecticut countryside, both its landscape and the seemingly “simple life” offered here. Like other American writers of the period, his work reflects a longing for the imagined simple pleasures of country life and a nostalgia for an older, more communal way of living that had given way to modernity.

Lawson was quoted as saying: “…[J]ust what is meant by illustration—is it merely to do in pictures what the author has already done in words, or to go on and carry out the spirit and atmosphere the author can really only suggest? The infinite detail which it is possible to put in a drawing to enhance the scene would, if written, hopelessly retard the action and drama of the narrative. To my mind this is the true function of the illustrator. He must steep himself in the atmosphere of the book, and then transfer that feeling to his drawings.”

To celebrate the opening of this exhibit, a family party, “April Fools Night for Families,” will be held on April 1, from 6 to 8 pm. The party will feature magic, jokes, crafts, fabulous food courtesy of b.good restaurant in Fairfield and a Shake Shack custard booth! Tickets are available through fmhcaprilfools.eventbrite.com or by calling 203-259-1598. Special thanks to Newman’s Own for sponsoring the event.

Finally, the Museum is offering programs during April week that are inspired by Lawson’s stories and illustrations. For the full schedule of programs visit: http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/april-staycation/

Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Connecticut Humanities and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand — Robert Lawson

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