Mary Ryan Gallery

Laurent de Brunhoff

(French, b. 1925)

at-celesteville-by-the-sea by laurent de brunhoff

Laurent de Brunhoff

At-Celesteville-by-the-Sea, 1994

study for

Laurent de Brunhoff

Study for "...to the remains of the city and Machu Picchu...", 2004

what could be better than gardening in spring? by laurent de brunhoff

Laurent de Brunhoff

What Could Be Better Than Gardening in Spring?, 2008

what could be better than skiing in winter? by laurent de brunhoff

Laurent de Brunhoff

What Could Be Better Than Skiing in Winter?, 2006

Biography

Timeline

1934 - 1936
Brother Thierry born in November; Pom, Flora, and Alexander join the Babar series as Jean de Brunhoff works on Babar and His Children
1936 - 1937
Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar and Father Christmas commissioned as a serial with black and white illustrations for the Daily Sketch, a London newspaper
1955 - 1959
Laurent abandons all painting other than Babar work until the mid 1970’s also does drawings for advertising, etc to help support family
1925
Born on August 30
1926-9
Cecile de Brunhoff makes up an elephant tale as a bedtime story for her children
1931
Jean de Brunhoff expands, names and illustrates the story; the first Babar book, The Story of Babar, is published
1932
Jean de Brunhoff’s second Babar book, The Travels of Babar, is published
Jean de Brunhoff designs wooden reliefs to decorate the French ocean liner,Normandie; commences work on Zephir book
1933
Jean de Brunhoff’s third book, Babar the King, is published
1936
Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar and His Children commissioned as a serial with black and white illustrations for the Daily Sketch, a London newspaper

Exhibitions

1983 - 1984
Fifty Years of Babar: Watercolors by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff, participating museums: Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Meridian House Int’l, Washington, DC; San Deigo Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Evanston, IL; Cedar Rapids Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; Toledo Museum of Art (214 Babar drawings: 87 JDB; 127 LDB)
2004
Laurent de Brunhoff: Babar’s Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, traveling to New York Public Library
2002
Laurent de Brunhoff: Babar’s Yoga for Elephants, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY.
1999
Laurent de Brunhoff: Babar in Process: selections from fifty years of sketches and studies for book illustrations, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY (over eighty drawings including early mock-ups of books)
1998
Jean de Brunhoff: Babar and Father Christmas, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY (complete Babar and Father Christmas drawings with small number of Laurent de Brunhoff Babar drawings also on view)
1997
Telling Stories with Pictures: The Art of Children’s Book Illustration, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA (6 Laurent de Brunhoff recent watercolors)
1996
Laurent de Brunhoff: Watercolors, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
1994
Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY (Laurent de Brunhoff 4 Babar prints)
Laurent de Brunhoff: the Wesleyan Years, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middleton, CT (over 60 de Brunhoff Babar drawings)
1993
BABAR ,exhibition for the festival D’Angouleme, Salon International de la Bande Dessinee, France (106 Babar drawings: 30 JDB; 106 LDB)

Literature

1993
The Rescue of Babar published; illustrations by Laurent and story by Phyllis Rose
1992
Babar’s Battle published
1991
a third calendar, Babar in History, is produced
1989
Babar’s Busy Year published
1988
Babar’s Little Circus Star published
1987
Babar’s Little Girl published; Babar and Celeste have a new baby--Isabella joinsthe series; Phyllis Rose helps write
1986
Babar’s Counting Book published
1984
Babar’s Book of Color published; because of superior printing, Laurent begins to watercolor on barely visible pencil lines keeping the heavy pen & ink outline separate. Allows for lighter, truer, painting
1983
Babar’s ABC published
1980
Babar’s Little Library published, four tiny books devoted to the elements air, earth, water, fire; also the shape book Babar the Magician published