Original artwork, of pages 34 and 35, for the book, A Year in the City, written by Lucy Sprague Mitchell with illustrations by Tibor Gergeley, and published by Simon & Schuster in New York, New York, in 1948.
Born in Budapest, Hungary into a middle-class Jewish family, Tibor Gergeley (1900-1978) was captivated by art and culture at a young age. Known as a graphic illustrator and a caricature artist, Gergely’s early works documented Jewish life before the rise of Hitler. By 1939 the political situation in Europe was dire, and Gergeley and his wife immigrated to America. They settled in New York and his love affair with the city never waned. He was enchanted with his new life in a postwar New York that included skyscrapers, rushing traffic and the excitement of life in the big city.
By 1940 Gergely was working for the American Artists and Writers Guild and became a frequent illustrator for Little Golden Books, providing drawings for more than seventy books, including The Taxi that Hurried, Make Way for the Thruway and A Year in the City.
Gergely never lost his amazement for life in the United States and the ever-changing social endeavors. A Year in the City is reflective of his admirations and amazement with the dynamic elements of American Society and A Year in the City emphasizes his wonderment for the people, places and things that make up American society.
In addition to Gergely's fascination with the constant changes in American society, he was also enthralled by the dramatic social changes and events expanding the role of transportation and America's love affair with the automobile. A Year in the City is another example of his wonderment for the people and places in New York City. He enjoyed portraying the numerous scenes of everyday life in New York City.
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