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NYHS presents "Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans"

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beloved kids' classic, Madeline, through art, memorabilia and tea at NYHS this summer

Madeline at the Paris Flower Market © 1955 by Ludwig Bemelmans. Oil, 34 1/2 x 45 1/8 inches. Collection of Barbara Bemelmans

Madeline at the Paris Flower Market © 1955 by Ludwig Bemelmans. Oil, 34 1/2 x 45 1/8 inches. Collection of Barbara Bemelmans courtesy New-York Historical Society


In honor of the 75th anniversary of the iconic children's tale Madeline, the New-York Historical Society will host an exhibition celebrating the spirited Parisian girl and her creator, Ludwig Bemelmans. "Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans," the first exhibition of the author and illustrator's work in over half a century, will run from July 4 to October 13, allowing families to revisit the jeune fille's adventures at boarding school and beyond.

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Bemelmans’ creation of Madeline began right here in New York City, making the Historical Society the perfect place to honor his work. In addition to scenes and snippets of Madeline’s adventures to the zoo, the flower market and picturesque parks with the Arc de Triomphe lingering in the background, the exhibit will include over 90 works from throughout Bemelmans’ entire career. Keep your eye out for comics like "Noodles the Trained Seal" from the Saturday Evening Post, commissioned works such as Madeline-themed lamps from the Carlyle Hotel (one of Bemelmans' old haunts) and other artifacts ranging from photographs to paintboxes.

Stick around on July 16, August 13, September 10 or October 8 from 3–5pm for an afternoon tea party in keeping with the Parisian atmosphere. You and your little ones can peruse a Paris-inspired menu, sip tea and listen to your favorite Madeline tales read aloud at the NYHS's Caffè Storico.


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