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Howard Pyle | Golden Age Illustrator

Howard Pyle, (born March 5, 1853, Wilmington, Del., U.S. - died Nov. 9, 1911, Florence), American🎨 illustrator, painter and author, best known for the children’s books that he wrote and illustrated.
Pyle studied at the Art Students’ League, New York City, and first attracted attention by his line drawings after the style of Albrecht Dürer🎨.
His magazine and book illustrations are among the finest of the turn-of-the-century period in the Art Nouveau style🎨.

Pyle wrote original children’s stories as well as retelling old fairy tales.

Many of Pyle’s children’s stories, illustrated by the author with vividness and historical accuracy, have become classics - most notably:
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883);
  • Otto of the Silver Hand (1888);
  • Jack Ballister’s Fortunes (1895);
and his own folktales,
  • Pepper and Salt (1886),
  • The Wonder Clock (1888),
  • The Garden Behind the Moon (1895).

Later Pyle undertook mural paintings, executing, among others, The Battle of Nashville (1906) for the capitol at St. Paul, Minn. Dissatisfied with his style in painting, he went to Italy for further study but died shortly afterward.
Pyle had established a free school of art in his home in Wilmington, where many successful American illustrators received their education. | © Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

Nato ad Wilmington, nel Delaware, e scomparso nel 1911 a Firenze, Howard Pyle (1853-1911) è stato uno scrittore ed uno dei più grandi illustratori Statunitensi🎨.
Howard è stato autore ed illustratore di molti libri per l’infanzia ambientati soprattutto nel periodo coloniale e medievale, come:
  • "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood";
  • "Otto of the Silver Hand";
  • Quattro volumi su Re Artù;
  • "Men of Iron", che nel 1954 diventò un film;
  • "The black Shield of Falworth".
Ma non solo: ha anche illustrato racconti per alcuni periodici e settimanali, come Saint Nicholas Magazine e Harper’s Weekly.
Le opere del maestro Howard avevano suscitato l’ammirazione di grandi nomi, come Vincent van Gogh🎨 che, in una lettera a suo fratello, aveva scritto di lui "mi ha colpito con ammirazione".