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    20 / May / 1975

    The Bear is back

    For years we have seen teddybears in all shapes and sizes to decorate children’s spaces. <br />
    At some point there was such an overkill of cutesy sugary bears that I just started disliking them a lot. <br />
    And never ever thought they would make a comeback.

    But I somehow changed my mind on it recently.

    The current illustrators with their loose and sometimes clumsy way of drawing have created a New Bear Look.
    Not a teddybear, that is for sure.
    It’s a look that was very visible in Beth van Hoesen’s work- see my last post-
    she painted no cuddly sugary ones, but strong bears, and big bears, Real Bears!


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    There are many more like them around now. Like the paper mache bear of Abigail Brown.

    I was struck by a beautiful mural on a wall of Marly Gommans house I spotted on Bloesem blogs-  
    it turned out to be designed by Lieke van der Vorst. Her bears are Real Bears, like Beth’s bear.
     

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    Although cuddly too, there is no sugary sweet look and feel to them.
    They are strong, you can see that, and they have something very respectful about them.

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    Amy Dover draws bears like that. Her ‘Henrietta” is a wonderful drawing in black and white, that just points to the feeling these ‘real bears’ give. They are huge and although fierce- give you a sense of secureness.


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    Their size almost reminds you of Maurice Sendak’s  Wild Things. Which brings me to his ever so lovely books of Little Bear. I grew up reading these, and although Little Bear is cute and cuddly, he never stopped to be his very self.

    A very free little bear.


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    And maybe that is what I like so much about the New Bear these days.
    Their sense of freedom and individuality. 

    For me the Bear is Back.

    (original blog placement May 31, 2013) 

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