Greenaway's cheerful palette and lively lines have kept her work fresh and appealing for over a century. Her world is sweet, but not sticky. Pretty, but not precious. Her solemn-faced children wear frilly bonnets and bows but they never seem frivolous.
I read up on KG while working on a collage sheet of her paintings, and learned that she once wanted to be a humorous illustrator. A cartoonist. Imagine: Kate Greenaway could have become the Kate Beaton of her day. In the ink sketch below you can see how, even early on, her compositions told a story quickly and clearly.
By the turn of the century tastes had changed and Kate Greenaway's work was out of style. She died at age 55, a victim of breast cancer. She is survived by an ever-renewing group of fans and an immortal legion of graceful, charming children.
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