French Picture Books: Collection of Shigeru Kashima
Children’s books first emerged in France during the mid-19th century. Over the decades that followed, seminal figures like Jules Verne (Voyages Extraordinaires) and Jean de Brunhoff (Babar the Elephant) would make their mark on the genre, creating stories and images that captivated young readers’ minds. At the same time, rapid developments in printing technology allowed for the creation of luxuriously colored volumes that were forerunners of the modern picture books that we know today. This exhibit offers museumgoers a chance to browse through the Golden Age of French picture books, in a collection amassed by a Japanese scholar of French literature.
Image: Benjamin Rabier, Azor et Mistigris, year of publication unknown (first published 1911) ©NOEMA Inc. Japan