martin provensen

Ballet illustration. Tales from the Ballet, selected by Louis Untermeyer (Golden Press, 1968). Illustration by Alice Provensen (American, born 1917 or 1918) and Martin Provensen (American, 1916–1987).

After the war the Provensens moved to New York where a friend helped them get their first job, illustrating The Fireside Book of Folk Songs. They illustrated several Little Golden Books including The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown (1949). In 1952, Tony the Tiger, designed by Martin, debuted as a Kellogg’s mascot.

Tales from the Ballet. Selected and adapted by Louis Untermeyer. Illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen. Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1969.

“Ballets are stories with music but without words. The dancers express what is happening in pantomime, by movement and gesture. However, in telling these stories I have put words into the mouths of the characters.” So this marvelous, magical collection of ballet stories came to be.