The Art of Adrienne Ségur


Adrienne Ségur (1901-1981) was most active as a children's book illustrator through the two decades following World War II, but her first published illustrations appeared in Le Pays des 36000 volontés when she was 28. A year later, in 1930, her second suite of illustrations was published for Aventures de Cotonnet - a book that was followed by two sequels, Cotonnet, Aviateur and Cotonnet en Amérique. Her earlier illustrations, while charming, were simple

and stood in stark contrast to the hauntingly beautiful and whimsically detailed illustrated

work that was to emerge in the 1940s.


The Adrienne Ségur Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of Ségur's seminal work. As a valuable reference resource, options are also provided for purchasing a

range of gifts, including reproduction prints, posters and greeting cards.

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Adrienne Segur (vintage photograph)

In 1949, Ségur contributed colour and black and white illustrations to Alice au pays

des merveilles, the French adaptation of Carrolls' Alice in Wonderland - it is considered

her masterpiece. The colour illustrations, in particular, throughout Alice au pays des

merveilles, show the fantasy animals and imagery that marks her stylistic 'coming of age'.


We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Adrienne Ségur

that is included in the Collection - to view images from any one of Ségur's suites listed

below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images.





To the left, we show a vintage

photograph of Adrienne Ségur.






Alice au pays des merveilles

20 images

Il était une fois ...

vieux contes français

30 images

Histoire d'un Casse-Noisette

24 images

Contes des pays de neige

27 images

Adrienne Segur's 'Advice from a Caterpillar' from the 1949 Edition of ''Alice au pays des merveilles'' (''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'')

Adrienne Segur's 'Little Red Riding Hood' from the 1951 Edition of ''Il etait une fois ... vieux contes francais'' (''As it once was ... old French tales'')

The first half of Adrienne Segur's 'The Battle' from the 1953 Edition of ''Histoire d'une Casse-Noisette'' (''The Nutcracker'') Adrienne Segur's 'Winter's Bride' from the 1955 Edition of ''Contes des pays de neige'' (''Tale from the Snow Countries'')