Monday, April 21, 2014
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Erik Blegvad | Book illustrator, 90

Children's book artist Erik Blegvad, 90, known for his whimsical illustrations of more than 100 books, died Jan. 14 in London.

The wide-ranging artist was a native of Denmark who studied in Copenhagen before developing his reputation in the New York and Paris publishing worlds.

His sophisticated pen-and-ink style seemed perfectly suited for children's books. Among his best known works are the illustrations for Bed-Knob and Broomstick, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, and his translation of Hans Christian Andersen's Stories and Fairy Tales.

He also collaborated with his wife, Lenore Blegvad, who wrote many children's books that he illustrated until her death in 2008.

While he was an art student during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Mr. Blegvad and a friend were arrested with a suitcase full of leaflets printed by the Danish resistance. He was imprisoned by the Gestapo for "several frightening days" but released unharmed, his son Peter said.

He later split his time between London and the United States, contributing to many American magazines and spending much of his time in South Wardsboro, Vt. - AP

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