Who is Gustaf Tenggren?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What do Snow White and The Poky Little Puppy have in common? Gustaf Tenggren

Who is Gustaf Tenggren? Probably the greatest artist you did not know you knew. Born in Sweden, Tenggren came to the US in the 20s and in 1935 went to work for Disney as the Art Director of Snow White. In addition to Snow White his influence and artistry can be admired in the late 30s Disney productions including Pinocchio, Bambi, and Fantasia.

Tenggren left the Disney studio to take on a commission as a children's book illustrator under his own trademark name and at the same time, worked with the Golden Press to produce what we know and love as some of the most charming illustrations in the collection of Little Golden Books, including the The Poky Little Puppy, the world's most published picture book.

Thanks to Lars Emmanuelsson you can learn about Gustaf Tenggren as I did, by visiting the amazing website he created Gustaf Tenggren's World.

Check out these links to Random House for adorable (and free) printables of The
Poky Little Puppy and The Saggy Baggy Elephant .

Photo Source: Gustaf Tenggren's World
Gustaf Tenngren (American, 1896-1970)
Original PromotionalArt 1937


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