December 5, 2021 14:00 EST

American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists Featuring the Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz

 
Lot 29A
 

29A

Ludwig Bemelmans (American, 1898–1962)
Madeline's Rescue  (And Dragged Her Safe From a Watery Grave)

Mixed media on paperboard laid down to board.
Sheet size: 22 3/4 x 16 5/8 in. (57.8 x 42.2cm)
Executed circa 1953.

Provenance

The Artist.
A gift from the above.
Private Collection, New Jersey.
By descent in the family.
Private Collection, Florida.

Sold for $63,000
Estimated at $40,000 - $60,000


 

Mixed media on paperboard laid down to board.
Sheet size: 22 3/4 x 16 5/8 in. (57.8 x 42.2cm)
Executed circa 1953.

Provenance

The Artist.
A gift from the above.
Private Collection, New Jersey.
By descent in the family.
Private Collection, Florida.

Literature

Ludwig Bemelman, Madeline's Rescue, Viking Press, New York, 1953 (illustrated).

Note

The present work is the title illustration for Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline's Recue. It took the author several years to publish Madeline's next adventure following its 1939 inaugural success. Madeline's Rescue was the result of it, and won the 1954 Caldecott Medal upon its release. The book is centered on Madeline and her companions strolling in Paris under the supervision of Sister Clavel. The present scene follows poor Madeline's fall into the river Seine. After nearly drowning, the little girl is being rescued by a courageous dog, Genevieve, who ends up being adopted by the group, and soon becomes Madeline's cherished pet.

In the original book, the illustration is accompanied by the following caption: "Poor Madeline would now be dead but for a dog that kept its head and dragged her safe from a watery grave. So home they took the dog so brave."

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