Alice Provensen, a pioneering and influential illustrator who, often in collaboration with her husband, Martin, illustrated scores of books including the 1984 Caldecott recipient The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot (Viking), has died at age 99.
In addition to the Caldecott in 1984, the Provensens won a Caldecott honor for A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Inexperienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Harcourt 1981), for which Willard won the Newbery Medal.
The Provensens were not just witnesses to much of the twentieth century history of children’s books, they were active participants working with such iconic illustrators as Gustaf Tenggren, who illustrated The Poky Little Puppy in 1942. Before that, Martin was at Disney Studios during the production of Dumbo and Fantasia.
Following her husband’s death in 1987, Ms. Provensen illustrated a number of books on her own including Klondike Gold (Simon and Schuster 2005)
The tributes coming in today from editors, authors, and illustrators are a testament to the more than seventy years of groundbreaking art produced by Alice and Martin Provensen.
More about the Provensens’ lengthy and important careers can be found online.