Printed Textiles, 28” x 15” Framed
b.Cobán, Guatemala (1880), d. New York, United States (1942)
A popular illustrator, children’s book author, designer, animator, and puppeteer in the 1920s and 30s. His father was an artist, his grandfather a wood carver, and his grandmother a collector of marionettes and toys, which may have contributed to his capacious imagination and lifelong fascination with creating enchantments for children. From the 1920s on, he also created elaborate window displays for Macy’s, and was the artistic director of the Macy’s Christmas Parade (now called the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), which culminated in front of the store with the unveiling of the holiday windows. In 1927, he introduced the oversized inflated balloon characters which have become the hallmark of the parade, and in the 1930s created Macy’s first animatronic Christmas window displays.
Sarg also had successful marionette theaters in New York and Chicago, which toured shows around the country and inspired a new generation of puppeteers, including Bill Baird and Margo and Rufus Rose, the creators of Howdy Doody. He also created over twenty animated films.
Framed to museum specifications using acid-neutral matting, backing, and hinging.
Glazed with ultra-violet filtering Plexiglas.
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