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Karoly Reich . Hungarian Illustrator

November 19, 2011

Karoly Reich, (8 August 1922 – 7 September 1988) the Hungarian born children’s book illustrator

was a great innovator.  The main features of his work were light, clean lines, a uniquely individual style

and colour, and depending on the theme .. a delicious sense of humor.

There is a playful naivety and Karoly (or Charles) worked hard, and  illustrated more than 500 books.

Using mostly ink, pencil or crayon drawings, watercolour paintings, pastel or tempera, he shaped

the images to tell their stories with both imagination and taste.

Karoly had a style not unlike that of Richard Scarry but with more freedom in his colour and lines.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2011 3:09 pm

    The colors are awesome!

  2. November 19, 2011 4:19 pm

    Hi Erik, yes he does have a good eye for colour I agree.

  3. November 19, 2011 4:53 pm

    I agree too, great use of color. I have to say I prefer his illustrations that are heavier and outlined, like the lion and hedgehog.

    • November 19, 2011 4:58 pm

      Yes Jil, I guess the heavier line helps to ‘pin’ the images down a little which in turn makes them less floaty too.

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