27 March 2011

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.


  1. I want to go with the cat. Ward; good expose; liked the share…

  2. Thanks C, I become more and more fascinated by fine illustration as books become more and more endangered! xo, K


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