Eric Carl, well-read and well-loved by young and old, author and illustrator of children’s books, has died at the age of 91.
He “left” from kidney failure at his summer residence in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.
According to an announcement made yesterday by his family, “Carl died calmly surrounded by family members on May 23, 2021”.
“Under the moonlight, holding a star, a rainbow painter is now traveling across the night sky,” the statement said.
She leaves behind him, among other things, the very hungry caterpillar that ate so much that her belly ached. The painter who painted a blue horse. The dad who put a ladder to catch the moon. The busy spider with its ornate web. And the cricket that was very quiet until he found his company.
Although best known for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, a classic that has moved generations of parents and children, his books, more than 70, have sold over 170 million copies worldwide. .
Born to German immigrants in Syracuse, New York in 1929, according to AMPE, Eric Carl returned to Germany with his parents when he was six years old during World War II. Eric Carl was harassed by teachers, shot by soldiers and, like his most famous creation, often starved. After enlisting to fight for the Nazis, his father disappeared into a Russian prisoner of war camp. Carl, though at a very young age, was recruited by the Nazi government to dig trenches on a 400-mile defense line in western Germany.
“We all regretted it,” he said of the family’s return to Germany. “During the war, there were no colors. “Everything was gray and brown; there was no color.”
After the war he studied typography and graphic arts at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. There he fell in love with the Impressionists and “color, color, color!”.
In 1952, he moved to New York for just $ 40 and began working as a graphic designer for the New York Times. However, his artistic career was interrupted when he was recruited during the Korean War and sent back to Germany. After the end of his term, he returned to New York and the Times, where he worked until he took the stage as a freelance artist in 1963.
In the following decades, his colorful, imaginative books won awards and legions of young fans.
In 2002, he and his wife, Moby Carl, opened the Eric Carl Illustrated Book Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts.