Creative Connections: The Art of Eric Carle and Leo Lionni

February 3 - September 3, 2006
West Gallery

When Eric Carle returned to America in 1952, a meeting with Leo Lionni resulted in a friendship and a job lead. Neither Carle nor Lionni imagined they would later create some of the most memorable picture books of our time. The similarities between these two artists are striking: their pictures are filled with animals and nature; they drew inspiration from their childhood experiences; and their early careers in graphic design can be seen in their bold simplicity and elegant sense of design. 

The Carle is pleased to exhibit the work of Dutch born Lionni in conjunction with Go Dutch!, a Pioneer Valley celebration of Dutch art and culture. The exhibition also features some of Carle’s illustrations from The Hole in the Dike (1975), an adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge’s classic tale about a boy who saves Holland from a disastrous flood.