Willy Pogany, A Forgotten Illustrator

Willy Pogany was an amazing illustrator who was active in the early 20th century. I first saw his art a few years ago while paging through a copy of Rendering in Pen and Ink. For the most part, illustrations from that era tend to bore me, but his work stood out. I was blown away by the quality of his draftsmanship and imagination. I was intrigued so I googled him and read everything I could find.

Originally from Austria-Hungary, Willy Pogany moved around Europe until finally settling in New York City in the 1920s. He was a prolific illustrator of children’s books among other commercial works. His pen and ink drawings are highly detailed. They are filled with mythical creatures, beautiful women and other fairy tale motifs in the Art Nouveau style. See below for a small gallery of some of my favorite pieces.

If you are interested in seeing more of his work, Dover has released an art book: Willy Pogany Rediscovered that features a wide range of his work.

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