Filed Under: "1970s"

Letter from Jim to his longtime friend Gene Deitch, 1972

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Our latest Jim Flora limited edition fine art print launches today. We’ve dubbed the untitled, undated black and white work Rowayton Creature Tableau because of the strange figures populating the streets of this seaside Connecticut village (the artist’s adopted hometown). The previously uncirculated and unpublished pen & ink with watercolor drawing was discovered in the artist’s collection. We’ve analyzed the technique and determined that it reflects the 1970s style of caricature commonly found in Flora’s…

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artist at rest

January 25, 2011

Today in 1914, James Royer Flora was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Above our guy is pictured relaxing at home in the late 1980s. Interesting juxtaposition of bold patterns, with hunting jacket, slacks and chair vying for focal primacy. Cameo in the upper right by the Fab Four, depicted in 1964, tho it appears to be a hand-rendered (probably not by Flora) replica of a famous photo. Flora’s daughter Julia provides some family context: I love…

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night-sky moonswinger

September 19, 2010

With the anticipated October reprint (by Enchanted Lion) of Flora’s 1957 kiddie book The Day the Cow Sneezed, we’re focusing on the re-emergence of the Flora children’s market. We’re planning an open edition (low-cost) fine art print of Cow’s playful cover, and we’re proofing the above image for a planned bedroom-suitable print. The overalls-clad night-sky moonswinger appears on the back cover of Flora’s 1972 Atheneum-published book, Pishtosh Bullwash & Wimple. When the proof proves proven,…

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last Chance

August 22, 2010

Chance Encounter (detail above), a 1970 Flora tempera, was issued in a limited edition run of 20 in 2008. With last week’s sale of print number 1/20, the edition is now sold out. It may later be offered in reduced form in print items such as cards, calendars or folios, or commissioned as exclusive, premium-priced, custom-formatted single prints produced privately at our discretion. But that’s it for edition prints. Chance Encounter is our first sold…

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We launched our latest Jim Flora fine art print, G3 in Tampico (detail, left), earlier this week. The original 1970 tempera painting on artist board is shelved in storage at the Flora collection in Norwalk, Connecticut. The title is an enigma, but so are the figures (full work below). Here’s a peek at the selection and restoration process behind our fine art prints. The Flora catalog is huge; as co-archivists, Barb Economon and I have…

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new print: G3 in Tampico

July 14, 2010

Our newest Flora fine art print, G3 in Tampico, is available at The 1970 tempera (on board), titled by the artist in pencil on the reverse, sits in storage, previously unseen. The work had not previously been published or reproduced anywhere. Tampico is the main city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas (and the birthplace of legendary Space Age Pop maestro Esquivel); however, the significance of the Flora title (the “G” and “3” elements…

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Standing on the Corner

May 18, 2009

There are five figures in this undated (late 1960s-early 1970s) Flora tempera, owned by Eric Kohler (who purchased it from the artist in the early 1990s). Two are extracted above. They—and their three unseen compatriots—will not be featured in our forthcoming third Flora anthology. There’s plenty of great unpublished images for volume four (target publication date 2012). Sorry if we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

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food chain 1

March 9, 2009

Detail, Grandpa’s Ghost Stories (Atheneum Books, 1978). Yes, this little mise en scène is from a lighthearted book for young readers. Fun for the whole family! Bone apetit!

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The First Five Years

December 20, 2008

Detail, The First Five Years, acrylic on wood, ca. early 1970s. The second of six horizontal tiers depicting incidents during the artist’s childhood. Exactly what these figures represent—good question.

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elemental train

July 28, 2008

Detail, untitled tempera on paper, 1970

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Pishtosh, Bullwash & Wimple, published in 1972 (back cover above), was Flora’s 12th children’s book, and first for Atheneum. His first eleven were published by Harcourt Brace, under legendary kid-lit editor Margaret McElderry. In 1971, after a quarter-century with the company, McElderry was remaindered by Harcourt. According to Publisher’s Weekly: After editing many Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor winners (including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals together, in 1952), McElderry was asked to take early…

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