We’re thrilled to introduce a new collection of kids’ styles illustrated with the colorful designs of artist and author Dahlov Ipcar.
A trailblazer whose work spanned more than 90 years, Ipcar took much of her inspiration from the animals she encountered throughout her life — on her farm, at the seashore in Maine, and in the museums and zoos of New York City.
Dahlov at work. Photo by Pat Jones.
Born in Windsor, Vermont in 1917, Ipcar was the daughter of two well-known modern artists, Marguerite and William Zorach. She was raised in Greenwich Village, New York, where she enjoyed a progressive education and the encouragement of her parents to discover her own unique style.
Ipcar established herself as an artist early on, holding her first national exhibit in 1939 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Later that same year, Creative Growth, a solo retrospective of her work from ages 3 to 21, was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
After her marriage in 1936, Ipcar settled on a farm with her husband Adolph in Georgetown, Maine.
In 1945, Ipcar made her first foray into children’s illustrations with the book The Little Fisherman, written by Margaret Wise Brown. After that initial success, she went on to write and illustrate more than 30 children’s books of her own, including Lobsterman, My Wonderful Christmas Tree, I like Animals, and The Cat at Night.
Today you can visit a gallery of Ipcar’s work, treasured as icons of Maine art, at Rachel Walls Fine Art, Fort Williams Park, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
As admirers of her work, we’re so excited to feature it in our new Storybook collection for girls. Find these and two of Ipcar’s most famous children’s stories, I Like Animals and The Cat at Night, in the spring kids’ collection.