Lynd Ward: The Wordless Storyteller

Lynd Kendall Ward (1905-1985) was an American artist and storyteller. He specialized in wood engravings, illustrating over 200 adult and children's books. Raised by a Methodist minister who was also a prominent political organizer, Ward decided to become an artist as a child when he realized his surname spelled "draw" backwards. He studied printmaking and book design in Leipzig, Germany where he encountered the work of Frans Masereel (1889-1972) a Flemish painter who told a story in woodcuts. Ward went on to create wordless novels with dramatic wood engravings.