Published on Mar 16, 2009
Born : October 22, 1882.
Died : May 25, 1953.
Was a French book illustrator Prominent during the so called "Golden Age of Illustration" (the first quarter or so of the twentieth century).
Edmund Dulac was born in 1882, 15 years after Arthur Rackham and a decade or more after Charles and Heath Robinson. Only Kay (rhymes with "high") Nielsen (1886) of the five major "Golden Age" gift book illustrators was younger. For comparison, that puts him in the generation of N.C. Wyeth, Willy Pogany and Joseph Clement Coll.
He was born in Toulouse, France. His artistic bent manifested itself early and drawings exist from his early teens. Many of these early efforts are watercolors, a medium he would favor through most of his life. He studied law at the University of Toulouse for two years while attending classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. As Colin White puts it in his inestimable Edmund Dulac,
"Two years of boredom at the law school and the winning of a prize at the Ecole des Beaux Arts convinced Dulac where his future lay." He left law school and enrolled full-time in the Ecole.
He won the 1901 and 1903 Grand Prix for his paintings submitted to the annual competitions.
A scholarship took him to Paris and the Académie Julien where he stayed for three weeks.
That same year (1904) he left for London and the start of a meteoric career.
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