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Snail, Where Are You? Tomi Ungerer’s Wordless Vintage Conceptual Masterpiece

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An illustrated celebration of our pattern-recognition ability and a radiant invitation to attentive wonderment.


Snail, Where Are You? Tomi Ungerer’s Wordless Vintage Conceptual Masterpiece

For more than half a century, the celebrated French children’s book author, illustrator, and visual humorist Tomi Ungerer (b. November 18, 1931) has delighted and awakened generations with his illustrated storytelling, ranging from lighthearted satirical treasures like A Cat-Hater’s Handbook and Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls to his stirring memoir of the Holocaust told through a teddy bear.

Shortly after turning thirty, Ungerer began working on what would become Snail, Where Are You? (public library) — a wonderful conceptual picture-book, originally published in 1962 and newly resurrected in rich, vivid color.

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By inviting the reader to find the hidden snail spiral in a series of objects and vibrant vignettes — from the curl of wave to the scroll of a violin to the coil of a dancing pig’s tail — this wordless gem pays homage to the “intentional, unapologetic discriminator” that is our attention and to the pattern recognition that powers human creativity.

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Animated by the lively joy of line and color, the illustrations radiate an invitation to embrace life in its myriad fanciful dimension, revealed to those who take care to look with friendly eyes of attentive wonderment.

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Snail, Where Are You? was reprinted by Phaidon in 2015 with restored color of exuberant vibrancy, made possible by the leaps of technology since the book’s original publication — a tangible reminder of how intricately entwined all aspects of cultural production are, from the creative to the technical.

Complement it with Ann Rand’s lovely vintage concept book What Can I Be?, originally published in the same era and also recently restored in a lively new edition.


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July 18, 2016 at 08:31PM

Via: Snail, Where Are You? Tomi Ungerer’s Wordless Vintage Conceptual Masterpiece

Snail, Where Are You? Tomi Ungerer’s Wordless Vintage Conceptual Masterpiece

http://ift.tt/2acv2De

An illustrated celebration of our pattern-recognition ability and a radiant invitation to attentive wonderment.


Snail, Where Are You? Tomi Ungerer’s Wordless Vintage Conceptual Masterpiece

For more than half a century, the celebrated French children’s book author, illustrator, and visual humorist Tomi Ungerer (b. November 18, 1931) has delighted and awakened generations with his illustrated storytelling, ranging from lighthearted satirical treasures like A Cat-Hater’s Handbook and Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls to his stirring memoir of the Holocaust told through a teddy bear.

Shortly after turning thirty, Ungerer began working on what would become Snail, Where Are You? (public library) — a wonderful conceptual picture-book, originally published in 1962 and newly resurrected in rich, vivid color.

tomiungerer_snail1

By inviting the reader to find the hidden snail spiral in a series of objects and vibrant vignettes — from the curl of wave to the scroll of a violin to the coil of a dancing pig’s tail — this wordless gem pays homage to the “intentional, unapologetic discriminator” that is our attention and to the pattern recognition that powers human creativity.

tomiungerer_snail2

tomiungerer_snail3

tomiungerer_snail000

tomiungerer_snail0000

tomiungerer_snail6

tomiungerer_snail4

Animated by the lively joy of line and color, the illustrations radiate an invitation to embrace life in its myriad fanciful dimension, revealed to those who take care to look with friendly eyes of attentive wonderment.

tomiungerer_snail00

tomiungerer_snail5

tomiungerer_snail7

tomiungerer_snail8

Snail, Where Are You? was reprinted by Phaidon in 2015 with restored color of exuberant vibrancy, made possible by the leaps of technology since the book’s original publication — a tangible reminder of how intricately entwined all aspects of cultural production are, from the creative to the technical.

Complement it with Ann Rand’s lovely vintage concept book What Can I Be?, originally published in the same era and also recently restored in a lively new edition.


donating = loving

Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes me hundreds of hours each month. If you find any joy and stimulation here, please consider becoming a Supporting Member with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good dinner.


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July 18, 2016 at 08:31PM