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Bessie Pease [Gutmann] was a well known and much loved illustrator of images of childhood BESSIE PEASEand the family, as well as an author of children's books, including a collection of prayers. She was born in 1876 in Philadelphia and died in Centerport, New York, 1960. The height of her popularity as an artist was in the 1920s and and 30s. After World War II the sweetness of her artwork and the innocence it radiated found itself less in demand as American culture slowly became openly prurient and now barbaric. She collaborated with the art firm of Gutmann and Gutmann, eventually marrying Helmut later in life. They had three children. She belongs to the art period known as the Golden Age of Illustration. This exhibit is dedicated to her in thanksgiving for her love of childhood innocence and purity. Our savage age cries out for its revival!

The image on the Prayer Directory page is one of hers.

This little gallery of 16 representative images does not contain "rooms" or pages. Merely click on an image link and the picture will appear, which you can enlarge for viewing. We have provided an external for purchasing prints of her work.

If any of these images dated past 1936 and are thus not in the public domain, please let us know so we can remove them.



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BABY AWAKE
BOY WITH AN APPLE
GIRL WITH HER HORSE ROLLO
GIRL WITH HER DOLL
SLEEPING BABY 1
BOY IN A SAILOR SUIT WITH HIS MOTHER
SLEEPING BABY 2
SLEEPING BABY 3
GIRL AT THE PIANO
BABY 2
GIRL WITH HER KITTEN [SEPIA]
GIRL WITH HER RABBIT
BOY SAYING GRACE
GIRL
IN THE CORNER WITH HER PUPPY
SLEEPING BABY 4

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