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As part of our 2016 exhibit, The Children’s Room we have re-printed TwoLittleBirds and Three, Written and illustrated in 1960 by Caldecott Award winner, Juliet Kepes. (see bio below)
This delightful 63 page book shows her masterful use of torn paper, on watercolor wash backgrounds.
Born in London, Juliet Kepes studied art in London and Brighton before emigrating to the U.S., where she graduated from Chicago’s School of Design (then known as the New Bauhaus), led by Lázló Moholy-Nagy. Her creative endeavors included window and costume design as well as advertising art and fabric design, but she is best known for the 17 children’s books she wrote and illustrated, which won her a Caldecott Honor citation (for Five Little Monkeys in 1952) and other awards from the Museum of Modern Art, the American Institute of Graphic Artists, and the Society of Illustrators. The New York Times cited her works among the ten best children’s books of the year on four separate occasions.
Juliet Kepes also collaborated with her husband (the artist and influential theorist Gyorgy Kepes) on a number of architectural mural projects for Massachusetts schools and libraries, including schemes for the Morse School in Cambridge, the Fitchburg Children’s Library, and the Wellesley Free Library (all commissioned by the architect Carl Koch) as well as the Taunton School (The Architects’ Collaborative). In addition, she designed a series of bronze bird bas-reliefs for a Cambridge playground, commissioned by the municipal arts council (1980). She was a Radcliffe Institute Scholar in 1970 and 1971. Her work was featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s 2012 show “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000,” which presented a re-creation of the famous 1949 playroom environment she and her husband designed for their daughter.
In 1947 Juliet and Gyorgy Kepes asked their close friend Marcel Breuer to design a summer home for them on Long Pond in Wellfleet. This was the first built example of Breuer’s Longhouse prototype. The family still summers here in the modern house that was a lively meeting place for artists and intellectuals from all over the world.