Born in Argentina and raised in Uruguay, Antonio Frasconi (1919–2013) moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. He was soon recognized as one of the most innovative illustrators of his time, known for intricate woodcuts and his powerful social commentary, especially about the rise of fascism in Europe. Many of Frasconi’s books are multilingual, such as See and Say: A Picture Book in Four Languages (1955) and the Caldecott Honor book The House That Jack Built/La Maison que Jacques a Batie (1958). Fransconi said that, through his work, he wanted his two sons to learn “that there are different ways to say the same thing, that there is more than one nation in our world.”
In 2010, The Carle presented Into the Wood: Antonio Frasconi’s Art for Children. At the close of the show, the artist and his sons generously donated all work from the exhibition to the Museum.