[SELF-PORTRAIT]; [Pencil Sketch / Self-Caricature Signed]
Price: 3,500.00 USD
No Place: Sendak, 1963. 8vo (6.5" x 9"), humorous pencil sketch & self-caricature with Lewis Carrollean-aspects on translucent drawing paper; SIGNED by MAURICE SENDAK, the famous author-&-illustrator of children's books. One horizontal fold at bottom of self portrait. EXCEEDINGLY RARE SIGNED humorous SELF PORTRAIT--head & hat to feet--of Maurice Sendak drawn lightly in pencil on tracing paper (presumably a "rough") and Signed lightly but fully. He depicts himself looking and smiling at the viewer in a "Where the Wild Things Are" style. The artist-illustrator's hat has paper tags suggesting those in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland of Tenniel's famous drawing of he Mad Hatter: reading "Fun! Ha! Ha!" written on them; along with "Ho! He!" in lozenges suggesting joyous speech. (Based upon other pieces by Sendak, his use of "Ha! Ha!" echoes his happy mood after the enormous success of "Where the Wild Things Are.") Much Rarer than Sendak's famous and highly regarded book illustrations! Maurice Bernard Sendak (1928 - 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Jewish-Polish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and illustrated many works by other authors including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik. He won practically every award for illustrating children's books; most notably: the Caldecott Medal from the ALA as illustrator of "the most distinguished American picture book for children", Where the Wild Things Are, 1964 (Sendak was also one of the Caldecott runners-up seven times from 1954 to 1982, more than any other illustrator. Also, the National Book Award in category Picture Books for Outside Over There, 1982. Original by the Author-Illustrator. Very Good +.