Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Day at the Eisenstats

Recently while in California our MFA group  was lucky enough to have the opportunity of spending the day with one of our wonderful instructors Alice "Bunny" Carter and her mother Jane Eisenstat.  Bunny Carter is an amazing instructor, illustrator, and author , her recent publications include :

The Art of National Geographic: One Hundred Years of Illustration, (National Geographic, 1999), The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love, (Abrams, 2000 and 2002), The Essential Thomas Eakins, (Abrams, 2001), and Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in The Gilded Age, (Rizzoli, 2005) .

  Alice "Bunny" Carter grew up in an environment comprised of illustration, both her mother Jane and her father Ben were working illustrators heavily involved in the field. Their lovely home in San Jose where we visited and Alice Carter grew up is full of  illustration , flat file upon flat file, wall to wall, the collection is amazing. The Eisenstat's collection includes the work of numerous prolific illustrators as well as some others that I had never heard of but wished I had . Below are just a few of the many pieces of illustration that make up the staggering Eisenstat collection. I have labeled them to the best of my knowledge , and a few remain unknown to me. I am as sure as the sun will come up in the morning  that Jane Eisenstat would know exactly who the artist is and any other information one would need to know about the artist. Jane is a wonderful woman and possesses an endless amount of knowledge and insight to the world of illustration. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity of meeting such a genuine gem of a person.
Special thanks to Eisenstats for  sharing their collection with us.

                                      Illustrators Chuck Primo ,Greg Newbold, 
                               Chad Grohman ,David Brinley, and Dianne Samet
                                look over the shoulder of Jane Eisenstat as she 
                                shares an enlightening bit of information about a
                                                         piece of illustration.

                                                                        Walt Stan
Rockwell Kent
Rockwell Kent
Rockwell Kent
Lawson Wood
J.T Benda??
John R. Neill
Wizard of Oz artist
Henry Pitz
Al Hirschfeld
Henry Pitz
Dean Cornwell
A.B Frost

1 comment:

minusha said...

I went to High School with Bunny and Jane was one of our scout leaders. Our class reunion is coming up and more than 1/3 of our troop is planning to attend. Jane's Christmas letters stopped coming and I am concerned. Can you please try to get my info to them? You have my permission to give them my email. Thank you