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Lived/Active: Florida/Connecticut / France      Known for: illustrator-children's stories, modernist-leaning landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An abstract painter and illustrator of stories of Babar the Elephant, Laurent de Brunhoff is the son of Cecile de Brunhoff, a French writer and artist who told her young sons elephant stories to amuse them when they were young.  The boys, Laurent and his brother, Mathjieu, persuaded their mother to publish the stories and their father to illustrate them, and the first of the stories was released in 1931.  From that time Laurent de Brunhoff has carried on the tradition, writing and illustrating thirty more of the tales.

De Brunhoff  lived most of his life in Paris, but in 1985, he and his family, including his mother, Cecile, moved to Connecticut.  One of his favorite pastimes is hiking in the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park.

The Morgan Library in New York City is the repository of the family materials relating to the Babar books.  Following is a list of books illustrated by de Brunhoff:
1993  The Rescue of Babar
1992  Babar’s Battle published
1991  a third calendar, Babar in History, is produced
1989  Babar’s Busy Year published
1988  Babar’s Little Circus Star published
1987  Babar’s Little Girl published;
1986  Babar’s Counting Book published
1984  Babar’s Book of Color published;
1983  Babar’s ABC published
1980  Babar’s Little Library published, four tiny books-- air, earth, water, fire;
1979  One Pig With Horns published
1978  Babar’s Mystery and Babar Learns to Cook published
1976  Babar Saves the Day published
1975  Babar and the Wully-Wully published
1974  Bonhomme and the Huge Beast published
1973  Meet Babar and His Children published
1972  Babar Visits Another Planet published
1971  Gregory and the Little Turtle published
1970  Babar’s Birthday Surprise published
1970  little books Babar’s Bookmobile published
1969  pop up Babar Goes to the Moon published
1969  little books Babar’s Other Trunk published
1968  pop up Babar’s Games published
1967  Babar Loses His Crown published
1966  little books Babar’s Trunk published
1965  Babar Comes to America
1963  Babar’s French Lessons
1962  Serafina’s Lucky Find published
1961  Babar’s Castle
1957  At the Top of One’s Voice
1954  Babar’s Fair published;
1951  Babar’s Visit to Bird Island published;

'Museum Accessions', The Magazine Antiques, December 2005, p. 32

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Laurent de Brunhoff (born August 30, 1925, Paris, France)

He is the older son of Jean and Cecile De Brunhoff and was twelve years old when his father died.  It was already clear then that he had inherited his father's talent as an artist.  After studying fine arts at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, de Brunhoff took over the Babar the Elephant series of books.

Since 1985 he  lives in the United States, but he goes often to France to see his two children, his brothers, and his mother.


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