New Book Celebrates Maine Illustrator

Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar once said she didn’t want celebrity or fame; she wanted only “to be recognized.”


Wish granted — sort of. Her work is in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as in many private collections. She’s a famed illustrator and author of children’s books. And at 92 she continues to create and show new work.

Earlier this year, Down East Books published the first retrospective of Ipcar’s art, “The Art of Dahlov Ipcar,” written by Somesville-based poet and arts writer Carl Little. It’s a handsome 128-page hardcover overflowing with the colorful images that have made her and her art so well recognized.

“Her work is incredibly special,” Little said. “It’s remarkable in its spirit.”

There wasn’t a moment’s hesitation when Down East Books asked him to write the book a year and a half ago.

“I agreed with a whole heart. I’m a longtime fan of Dahlov’s work. I was incredibly honored to be asked,” Little said.

Ipcar has been “in just about every one of my books that I could get her into,” Little noted.

Her work is included in his “The Art of Maine in Winter,” “Paintings of Maine,” and “Art of the Maine Islands.” Little, a nationally recognized art expert, also is author of “The Art of Monhegan Island,” “Winslow Homer and the Sea,” “The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent,” “Edward Hopper’s New England,” and “Paintings of New England,” the last of which includes the work of Ipcar’s mother, Marguerite Zorach.

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