Abanindranath Tagore

First Indian artist to gain international recognition, Abanindranath Tagore was the principal artist and creator of 'Indian Society of Oriental Art' and the first major exponent of swadeshi values in Indian art, thereby founding the influential Bengal school of art. He was also a noted writer, particularly for children. Popularly known as 'Aban Thakur', his books Rajkahini, Budo Angla, Nalak, and Ksheerer Putul are landmarks in Bengali language children's literature.

Journey's End by Abanindranath Tagore

Title: Fairyland Illustration
Artist: Abanindranath Tagore

"Tom sat upon the buoy long days, long weeks, looking out to sea."

"He felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him but himself."

"No. She cannot be dirty. She never could have been dirty."

"Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid. 'Little boys who are only fit to play with sea beasts cannot go there,' she said

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"Tom reached and clawed down the hole after him . . . the clumsy lobster pulled him in headÂforemost.

"He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out/ quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes."

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Jessie Wilcox Smith

Born in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1884 Smith attended the School of Design for Women (which is now Moore College of Art & Design) and later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins in Philadelphia, graduating in 1888. A year later, she started working in the production department of the Ladies' Home Journal, for five years.

She left to take classes under Howard Pyle, first at Drexel and then at the Brandywine School.

She was a prolific contributor to books and magazines during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, illustrating stories and articles for clients such as Century, Collier's Weekly, Leslie's Weekly, Harper's, McClure's, Scribners, and the Ladies' Home Journal. Smith may be most well known for her covers on Good Housekeeping, which she painted from December 1917 through March 1933. She also painted posters and portraits. Her twelve illustrations for Charles Kingsley's The WaterÂBabies (1916) are also well known. On Smith's death, she bequeathed the original works to the Library of Congress' "Cabinet of American Illustration" collection. A thirteenth illustration remains in a private collection.

The Hall of Fame of the Society of Illustrators has inducted only 10 women since its inception in 1958. Smith was the second after Lorraine Fox. Of those ten, three of them occupied the same house, Cogslea, as the Red Rose Girls. Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley were fellow Howard Pyle students who shared that space, which was arguably the finest assembly of illustrative talent ever in American life. Smith's papers are deposited in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

"Oh, don't hurt me! cried Tom. I only want to look at you; you are so handsome."

"He looked up at the broad yellow moon and thought that she looked at him."

"And there he saw the last of the Gairfowl, standing up on the Allalonestone, all alone."

"They hugged and kissed each other for ever so long, they did not know why."

"It took the form of the grandest old lady he had ever seen."

Paul Klee: 1879-1940

"Klee was fundamentally a transcendentalist who believed that the material world was only one among many realities open to human awareness. His use of design, pattern, color, and miniature sign systems all speak to his efforts to employ art as a window onto that philosophical principle." --The Art Story

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