The French illustrator and draftsman Jean-Thomas Ungerer (Strasbourg, 1931), known by the name of Tomi Ungerer, died on Friday in Ireland at the home of a daughter, according to Agence France-Presse, his former adviser Robert Walter. "He died in the night, it was his wife who called me this morning [este sábado] by telephone ", commented Walter, friend" for 35 years ".
Ungerer, trained in his hometown, was one of the most outstanding illustrators of his generation. His fame contributed to his leap, in the fifties, to the United States, where he published in some of the most important titles such as Esquire, Life, Harper's Bazaar or the New York Times. In 1957, a year after moving to New York, he brought out the children's book The Mellops go Flying, first of a saga of four books featuring characters such as a boa constrictor, a flying cangura, an octopus, a bat and three bandits to be corrected by an orphan girl corrects.
The artist did not skimp on the use of all kinds of techniques and artistic genres, from painting, to collage and to writing, from children's literature to satirical and erotic drawings. The artist had resided in Ireland for 40 years, but maintained a link with his hometown, where in 2007 he opened the International Center for Illustration, which bears his name.