R. Michelson Galleries is proud to present Ezra Jack Keats

The Little Land,
mixed media on board (also available as an archival pigment print), 12.5 x 12"

Ezra Jack Keats (March 11, 1916 - May 6, 1983) , Caldecott-winning author of The
 Snowy Day, was one of the giants of  20th Century children's literature. Perhaps
only Maurice Sendak has had as great an influence on picture book illustration. 
Keats is best known for introducing multiculturalism into mainstream American
literature. He was one of the first children's book authors to use an urban setting
for his stories and he developed the use of collage as a medium for illustration.

The original artwork for Keats' picture books are all housed at the De Grummond 
Children's Literature Collection. But throughout his life Ezra remained a fine artist
as well as an illustrator.

In conjunction with the current exhibition The Snowy Day and theArt of Ezra Jack
at  the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, R. Michelson Galleries is pleased
 to present a selection of early drawings and sketches by Keats, some of which were
studies completed as early as 1949 during his time in Paris.

Peter, the African-American child portrayed in The Snowy Day would go on to appear
in six more books, growing from a small boy in The Snowy Day to adolescence in Pet

For the first time, in conjunction with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
we are offering a limited edition print of Peter, reading and dreaming, as his
takes him to The Land of Play.

The Little Land

When at home alone I sit
And am very tired of it,
I have just to shut my eyes
To go sailing through the skies--
To go sailing far away
To the pleasant Land of Play.

--Robert Louis Stevenson--

Country Road, watercolor on paper, 15 x 22"

See more of Keat's work...

About R. Michelson Galleries

For over 30 years, R. Michelson Galleries has been acknowledged as a leader in
discovering and nurturing the careers of many of our country's best known figurative artists.
Art originally exhibited in our galleries now hangs in many of the most prestigious
museums in America, including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum 
of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago. We are proud to be the 
first American art gallery to feature the art of children's book illustration alongside
and on an equal footing with the more traditional fine arts.  R. Michelson Galleries
is located in Northampton, Massachusetts, the #1 art town in America, in which "the
most prominent visual arts space is R. Michelson Galleries."

- John Villani, The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America