From blog "Life at Willow Manor," I find this work of this illustrator lovely and inspiring!
when my children were small and I loved reading to them. Her
illustrations have a wonderfully soft, charming quality, like English
illustrators of the 19th century. Zwerger, born and educated in
Vienna, is the recipient of many awards, the most significant being
the Hans Christian Anderson Medal for illustration, presented in 1990
to recognize her lifetime achievement and contribution to the field of
The Joy of Seeing
Joy comes from seeing the beautiful.
A scarf, sweeping from the neck. A puffedout skirt with mysterious
draping. A wallpaper with an intricate pattern. Hats and furniture,
statues and inscriptions, graceful figures and dainty shoes.
Joy also comes from seeing the demonic, the ugly.
A man whose body looks like a fly. A fearsome witch. A ghost
holding his head in his hands. A black spectre, Mr. Knife and
Mrs. Fork, with blade and prong growing out of their heads. A
dancing camel. A boy climbing into a picture. A fish flying through
Joy comes from the humorous.
A mouse wearing a woolen cover around its long, thin tail. A little
man with a pillow on his head. A donkey and some scholars
wearing the same spectacles. Maids lifting their skirts to hide
their kissing princess.
Joy with the eyes emerges from stories.
---Lisbeth Zwerger, from The Art of Lisbeth Zwerger
Poppy Field, The Wizard of Oz
Jury, Alice in Wonderland