Thursday, April 12, 2012

pleased to meet you: Leo Lionni

portrait | one | two | three | four | five | six

Leo Lionni (1910-1999) was a Dutch born artist. During the beginnings of WWII, he left Europe for New York. Without formal training in design, he landed a job at a top advertising agency, N. W. Ayer & Son and became one of America's top art directors. During his professional career at the ad agency he coined the slogan "Never underestimate the power of a woman", used in Ladies Home Journal and pushed for new and exciting imagery commissioning Alexander Calder, Saul Steinberg, Willem de Kooning and the young Andy Warhol. After retiring on his 50th birthday, he moved to Italy to pursue his own creative interests.

I'm always on the lookout for cute children's gifts to give friends with kids. Leo illustrated a few great books later in his life and Swimmy and Little Blue and Little Yellow are two of my favorites.


Sally said...

I loved Swimmy! So cool to see his other art.

N said...