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Willy Pogany

 (1882 - 1955)
Willy Pogany was active/lived in New York, California / Hungary.  Willy Pogany is known for designer, book illustrator, etcher.

Willy Pogany

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Born in Szeged, Hungary, he became one of the better known and successful illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration, completing over 100 books. Among them are "A Treasury of Verse for Little Children," "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam," and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." He is probably best known for pen and ink drawings of mythology subjects geared towards children.

He studied at Budapest Technical University and attended art schools in Munich and Paris before moving to London at age 23. In 1907, he began illustrating children's books and did a series of annual gift books, special deluxe editions.

He was not a British citizen, and soon after World War I began, he emigrated with his family to New York City and became a permanent resident there. He continued illustrating books and also designed scenery and costumes for the Metropolitan Opera House and mural decorations for public and private residences including that of William Randolph Hurst. For a period he lived in Hollywood and did celebrity portraits and set designs before returning to New York where he died on July 30, 1955.

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Born in Szeged, Hungary on August 24, 1882. Pogany studied at the Budapest Academy of Arts. By 1915 he had arrived in NYC. While in Hollywood in the 1930s, he designed sets for movies and painted portraits of film stars. He died in NYC on July 30, 1955. Member: Salmagundi Club; Architectural League (NYC). Exh: PPIE, 1915 (gold medal); LA Public Library, 1927; Magyar Artists (LA), 1932-33; Businessmen's Art Club (LA), 1934; Print Rooms (Hollywood), 1935; Calif. Art Club, 1938.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); American Art Annual 1919-33; Los Angeles Times, 5-24-1931; Who's Who in American Art 1936-56; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); NY Times, 7-31-1955 (obituary).

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About  Willy Pogany

Born:  1882 - Szeged, Hungary
Died:   1955 - New York
Known for:  designer, book illustrator, etcher

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Willy Pogany

San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915