Gustav ATenggren (1896-1970)
figures in a rowing boat
conte crayon and white heightening on paper, framed
46 x 16.5cm.
Tenggren was born in western Sweden the second youngest of seven children in November 1896. His first big commission was to illustrate Bland Tomtar in 1917 - illustrating it for eight years (10 volumes). In 1920 he left Sweden with his wife for America and arrived in New York in August. He survived the Great Depression of the thirties, including working as a farmer, before he received his major break when he was offered a position to work on Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Los Angeles. He contributed to several other Disney classic animations including Hiawatha and Fantasia and probably his most important work for Pinocchio before leaving the studio in 1939.
Gustav Tenggren also produced illustrations for books and commercial adverts for magazines.