Why Grow Up? Etienne Delessert

Etienne Delessert has illustrated more than 80 books, some translated in 14 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide. Why Grow Up? features 100 artworks from over 20 books including his groundbreaking The Endless Party, created in the 1960s, along with his influential collaborations with Eugene Ionesco (Contes 1, 2, 3, 4) in French, and Jean Piaget (How The Mouse...), to his more recent award-winning A Long Long Song, Ashes Ashes, Dance!, The Seven Dwarfs, Who Killed Cock Robin?, Humpty Dumpty, Big and Bad, Full Color, Moon Theater, and Spartacus the Spider.

Delessert’s illustrations have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Le Monde and The New York Times. His animated films include the adventures of the endearing Yok-Yok and creations for Sesame Street. He is the recipient of 13 gold and 12 silver medals from the American Society of Illustrators, as well as the 1996 Hamilton King Award, and recently was a finalist for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award. 

This exhibition was initiated in 2009 at Centre de l’illustration in Moulins, France, and travels in the U.S. through the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.


What's Pictured: (Above) "The Sea Monster" from Just So Stories, 1972, gouache on board, © Etienne Delessert