The writings of A.A Milne have long been a treasured pastime for multitudes across the world. The relationship of writing to illustration has defined much of what we know and continues to influence visual impression of thought. On June 2, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga., celebrated a debut opening exhibition of iconic proportions. Through unique collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the illustrations, notes and other varying thoughtful renderings by E.H. Shepard have made an enchanting United States exhibition debut.
The adventures of Winnie the Pooh and friends, along with numerous depictions of the Hundred Acre Wood, are paired affectionately with notes of Shepard and Milne, and family heirloom photographs, licensed reproductions and memorabilia which spans the century and much of the globe.
Curatorial acknowledgment addresses the transcendent ties that unite both the young and elder alike. With a particular fondness for the art of storytelling, the galleries welcome appreciators to step inside and explore the tales many a child were first read at bedtime.
The influence of life upon art is evident through the pencil, pen and brush of E. H. Shepard. Small pages of aging paper reveal the process and development of the iconic furry friends and the habitat in which they lived. Family influenced his work as much as the landscape and thereby live on in published editions to present age.
Over many decades new imagery has emerged providing relatable relevance for new generations. Yet, this debut exhibition directs light upon the lives that created timeless tales of friendship and adventure through childhood imagination.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, U.S. debut exhibition is hosted by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga., June 3- Sept. 2, 2018. To learn more visit www.high.org.
Art is life expressed – Sarah West, owner of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art