Ezra Jack Keats
Keats' (1916-1983) biography is quite fascinating; while his parents and teachers recognized he was artistically gifted very early in life, he was not able to formally study painting until 1949. After a year in Paris, Keats worked as a commercial artist drawing for publications as diverse as the Reader's Digest, Colliers, and Playboy. He also drew jacket covers for popular books. In 1954 Crowell Publishing hired Keats to illustrate children's books by other authors, but in 1962 he wrote and illustrated The Snowy Day -- his inspiration for Peter was a group of photographs from a 1940 Life magazine which had been pinned to his studio board for many years. To learn more about Keats, his art and access resources to enhance reading his works check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
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