October 18, 2019–February 23, 2020

Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Upper-Level Galleries

  • Eric Carle. Illustration for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel Books). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1969, 1987 Eric Carle

  • Eric Carle. Cover illustration for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr (Holt, Rinehart & Winston). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, courtesy of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. © 1967, 1984 Eric Carle

  • Eric Carle. Illustration for “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, said the Sloth (Philomel Books), 2001. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. © 2002 Eric Carle

  • Eric Carle. Illustration for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel Books). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, courtesy of The Eric Carl Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. © 1969, 1987 Eric Carle

Eric Carle (b. 1929) is one of the most acclaimed and beloved illustrators of our time. The creator of more than 70 books, Carle combines winsome stories and exuberant collages that appeal to young readers and adults alike. Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” explores the artist’s personal history and interests, varied subjects, materials, and artistic techniques. The exhibition presents nearly 100 original artworks spanning five decades of Carle’s picture-book career. On view are illustrations ranging from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, his 1967 collaboration with Bill Martin, Jr., to The Nonsense Show, his playful ode to Surrealism published in 2015. Between these milestones, twenty-two familiar titles are represented with a special section devoted to the golden anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.
 

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