Medium: Watercolor, Gouache
Country: United States
Dimensions w/Frame: 19 1/2" x 26"
Black and white illustration of a seascape including ships at port.
Budapest, Hungary, b. 1900, d. 1978
Tibor Gergely (1900-1978) was an artist and Illustrator.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1900, he studied art briefly in Vienna, Austria, before emigrating to the United States in 1939, where he settled in New York City.
Largely a self-taught artist, he contributed several covers to The New Yorker magazine during the 1940s.
Among the most popular children's books Gergely illustrated are The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, Busy Day Busy People, The Little Red Caboose, The Fire Engine Book, Tootle, and Scuffy the Tugboat.
Many of his better known books were published by Little Golden Books and a selection of his work was published as "The Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories."
Gergely died in 1978, in New York.
As of 2001, Tootle was the all-time third best-selling hardcover children's book in English, and Scuffy the Tugboat was the eighth all-time bestseller.
In 2007, Gergely’s work was celebrated in Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way, by Leonard S. Marcus. Currently, many of Gergely’s original illustrations are touring nationally in the largest public showing ever of original art from Golden Books: “Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books”. This exhibition from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature continued through 2012.