Review of The Art of Alice & Martin Provensen

The Art of Alice & Martin Provensen
by Alice and Martin Provensen with contributions by Leonard S. Marcus, Robert Gottlieb, and Karen Provensen Mitchell
Chronicle Chroma    240 pp.    g
1/22    978-1-7972-0958-6    $35.00

Marcus provides an enlightening introduction to a lavish collection of illustrations from the long and distinguished career of Alice and Martin Provensen. Pictures from twenty-four of their books (including those Alice Provensen created independently after her husband’s death) are arranged chronologically, with several illustrations representing each title. Notably amid the copious front matter, an extended interview with the Provensens’ daughter, Karen Provensen Mitchell, offers an intimate look into the artists’ home-life working methods. Also not to be missed are the five pages reproducing twenty gorgeous spreads from their sketchbooks. A glorious flight indeed.

From the January/February 2022 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton

Editor Emeritus Roger Sutton was editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., from 1996-2021. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his MA in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a BA from Pitzer College in 1978.

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