women-artisits

The papers of this artist were processed with funding from the National Public Historical Publications and Records Commission, part of the National Archives.

March is the birthday month of  Wanda Gág (1893–1946), American artist, author, translator and illustrator. She is most noted for writing and illustrating the children’s book Millions of Cats which won a Newbery Honor Award in 1928 and is still in print.

Wanda started out as a graphic arist, and her first solo exhibition was at the New York Public Library in 1923. A 1926 show  n New York’s Weyhe Gallery in 1926 led to her recognition as “one of America’s most promising young graphic artists” and the following year,  her article “These Modern Women: A Hotbed of Feminists” was published in The Nation. Her work continued to be shown in galleries, The Museum of Modern Art 1939 exhibition “Art in Our Time” and the 1939 New York World’s Fair “American Art Today” show.

But perhaps she is best remembered as a children’s book illustrator. In addition to Millions of Cats, she published 15 books, including her illustrated translation of Grimm’s fairy tales and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Some of Gág’s papers are held in the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, the New York Public Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her childhood home in New Ulm, Minnesota has been restored and is now the Wanda Gág House, a museum and interpretive center which offers tours and educational programs

The NHPRC funded the processing of her papers at the University of Pennsylvania, some 40 boxes of materials. You can read the Finding Aid at http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/ead/ead.html?id=EAD_upenn_rbml_MsColl310