A New York exhibition celebrates 75 years of Madeline, the eternally youthful and plucky Parisian schoolgirl created by Austrian-born author Ludwig Bemelmans.
Madeline, a series of illustrated children’s books detailing the adventures of its titular character and her schoolmates at a Paris boarding school, usually under the watchful eye of supervising nun Miss Clavel, was created 75 years ago and New York is marking the anniversary of the iconic character with a special exhibition.
Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans, which opens at the New-York Historical Society on July 4 and runs to Oct 19, chronicles the story of the red-haired Parisian girl from Bemelmans’ books, which have spawned dolls, a television series and a live-action film. "Madeline is one of the greats in the picture book world," Jane Bayard Curley, curator of the exhibition, said in an interview. "She is somebody who survives and thrives in the face of life’s troubles."