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Written by: wse55375
Cover girl

A grandchild of Mollie Tenggren's brother Stone Froberg wrote to me and sent a picture of a painting of Gustaf Tenggren. The model was her mother, Stone's daughter. I recognized it immediately. At first I thought it was the original for the famous Household Magazine cover from May 1935 with a small girl focusing on her sewing.


Left: portrait of Mollie Tenggren's niece.            Right: Household Magazine cover May 1935.

But when I started to compare them, I quickly discovered that Tenggren had made two paintings from the same motif, but from slightly different angles. There are a couple of possible reasons for the duplicates. Maybe he started of with an ordinary portrait and later presented it as a cover proposal, or used the girl as a model for the cover assignment. The magazine then wanted him to crop the image for more impact, so he had to lower the shadow and concentrate on the girl while re-painting the scene. 

Gustaf gave the painting to the girls mother who liked it so much that he had to make another one for her son.



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Written by: Lars Emanuelsson
New Gustaf Tenggren blog started

The Gustaf Tenggren biography project has gone into a new stage. The book is being published by Kartago, a publishing company within the Bonnier Group. The release is planned to August 2014.

This News Blog is now discontinued and all new Tenggreniana will be published on the Gustaf Tenggren blog from now on.

Thanks for following!



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Written by: wse55375
Gustaf's Snow White

Two new books on the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be published this autumn. The author J. B. Kaufman is a film historican and part of the staff at The Walt Disney Family Museum. I'm happy to see that both of the book's covers have awesome artwork from Gustaf Tenggren!


The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The first one is the Snow White movie poster that originally was the opening illustration for the two-issue Snow White story published in November-December 1937 in Good Housekeeping, prior to the premiere of the movie in December the same year. This iconic poster gradually came to symbolize the Walt Disney world of fairy tales and has since transformed into logos for various parts of the company.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

The second is another of the magazine illustrations, depicting the first meeting between Snow White and the Witch. In this illustration the delicacy of Tenggren's penmanship is beautifully demonstrated; every detail is thoroughly studied and rendered, and the striking contrast between the two women hits us with great power. This is Tenggren at his very best, and what Disney was looking for when they hired him. At last, these covers recognize Tenggren and the importance he had for the Disney success story!



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