Few storybook characters are quite as iconic as Winnie the Pooh, the lovable bear brought to life by the words of A.A. Milne and imagery of E.H. Shepard. At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the story of Winnie-the-Pooh and his adorable cast of sidekicks comes to life once again in the exhibition, “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” on view from 22 September to 6 January.
This exhibition pulls together a wide variety of materials to recount the character’s creation and subsequent warm reception from readers the world over. From initial concept sketches to photographs and first editions of the book, visitors to the exhibition will be able to take in the narrative as if reliving the creative process that resulted in Pooh’s arrival in the Hundred Acre Wood.
For those who want to return to Pooh corner and relive their own memories of the cuddly bear, Musebooks recommends The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How E.H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon, which showcases the evolution of the character through studies and sketches and insights as to the collaboration between author and artist. Buy your copy today.