DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Little Match Girl (1999)

Music Credit:
Agnus Dei, Op. 11
David Hill: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Album: Lux Aeterna
Composed By: Samuel Barber

When Jerry Pinkney adapted this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, he transformed the author’s European setting to a bustling American city filled with the crowded tenements of the 1920s. Cars and carriage-filled streets, the push carts of street vendors, and the mass of colorfully clothed people shopping as they move through the city fill his vibrant images. Amidst it all, the young girl aches with cold, desperate to earn money for her impoverished family—a stark reminder of the plight that many face even in our time.

In his focus on urban life, Pinkney referenced the art of John Sloan, Robert Henri, William Glackens, and other early twentieth century painters known as The Eight and the Ashcan School, and sought out photographic images of city streets and child labor. “The texts of classic stories provide a basic story line, but historical details are often left to the artist to develop,” the artist said. In this scene, the young girl stands alone amid the bustle of the marketplace, afraid to return home because she has not sold her wares.

The Blaze Went Out
The Blaze Went Out (1999)
Illustration for The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Picture Puffin/Phyllis Fogelman Books, New York
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
Untitled
Untitled (1999)
Illustration for The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Picture Puffin/Phyllis Fogelman Books, New York
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
Untitled
Untitled (1999)
Illustration for The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Picture Puffin/Phyllis Fogelman Books, New York
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
Nobody bought anything from her as afternoon turned to evening
Nobody had Bought Anything from Her as
Afternoon Turned into Evening
(1999)
Illustration for The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Picture Puffin/Phyllis Fogelman Books, New York
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
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