Below are examples of blue and red in art and illustration. I call this the Phantom Tollbooth palette because the blue of the original Phantom Tollbooth cover is distinctive. When the cover was modernised, a beautiful red was added. This teal blue plus red works especially well, I think.
Jean Leon Huens, Belgian artist born in 1921 Central Sanitary Bureau Spanish Flu pandemic Doctor Dolittle’s Post Office 1923 Dmitri Moor 1921 The Dog’s Ear Book 1958 by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle WILLIAM H. BARRIBAL (1873-1956) red blue Eastman Johnson – The Lesson Kangaroo-for-Christmas-1962-written-and-illustrated-by-James-Flora-1914-1998 Richard Wiley did the illustration of the gentleman for this Jantzen ad, and someone else illustrated the woman. Early 1950s Vladimir Bobri advertisements for Koret handbags, 1940 Wladyslaw Theodor Benda (1873 – 1948) Elegant Woman and Afghan It’s A Long Way To Heaven 1945 Abner Dean Ada front cover 2010 by Atak Joseph Mugnaini (1912 – 1992) 1955 book cover illustration for The October Country by Ray Bradbury 1926, Illustration by Jose Carlos 1884 -1950 Leonard Weisgard Nicolas Duffaut Karl Schrader Alfred Bestall Umberto Brunelleschi, 1907 Princesse Camcam Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle, 1929 Our Little Friends of Norway Ola and Marit by Frances Carpenter, illustrated by Curtiss Sprague, 1936
The palette of red, white and various shades of blue is used pretty widely across various types of storytelling, occasionally because of a French connection e.g. the picture books in the
series. Anatole Paul Galdone (1907-1986), American author and illustrator of children’s books of Hungarian origin. Anatole and the Cat, 1958. SUMSE SUMSEBRUMM (1946) Heinrich Strub THE COMPLEET MOLESWORTH (1958) Ronald Searle Héri Hérouard, Flight from Pekin to Paris, 1928 Rockwell Kent The Holly and the Ivy THE BROCKBANK OMNIBUS (Perpetua, 1957) Russell Brockbank The Lone Ranger Annual, Great Britain, World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd, 1953 Alfred Crocker Leighton (1901-1965) Chateau Lake Louise 1938 JAMES BINGHAM Perry Mason – Saturday Evening Post – 1960 Nick Potter – British
The addition of purple in the image below (uncomfortable for its censure of sexualised, youthful motherhood) really pops against the blue and red.
George Hughes Roy Frederick Spreter (1899-1967) Ernesto Garcia Cabral (Mexico, 1890-1968) 1936 November, cover by Ernest Hamlin Baker A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet, edited by Red Skelton, illustrated by Jim Flora, pub Grosset & Dunlap 1965 cover 1931 February trains Mambo for Cats by Jim Flora 1900-25 De Centrale Volksbank, Dutch Poster for The Central People’s Bank, Secessionist style MICHIEL de geschiedenis van een mug (1940) Ruscha Wijdeveld THE LITTLE BLACK FISH (1986) Inge van der Storm Japanese postcard from 1904 Anastasia Arkhipova – The Little Mermaid From The Sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak 1908 Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Secessionist style Dutch poster from Japanese children’s magazine, Kodomo no kuni
Switch the palette up just a little and you get…
KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt My home – October 1949 record player DE VLIEGENDE KOGEL (1916) Jan Rinke red blue Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet by Lynley Dodd cover DE AVONTUREN VAN TRUI HET RUITJESPAARD (1945) Carry Sassen Utagawa Yoshifuji, Toy zukushi, 1858 DE TOVERVOGEL (1963) Ted Schaap Michael Silver Girl and pug in an automobile, 1927 by Gerda Wegener 1940c Destroyer in Dry Dock oil on canvas 63.5 x 76 cm Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, UK John Nash Sultana by Henry Clive bird Alphonse Pellet (1853-1926) Harem Beauty central image is a drawing done by Edward Joseph Sullivan HMS Pinafore – D’Oyly Carte 1908 Opvoeding van het kind, Education of the Child, Secessionist Style Dutch poster Sergey Gerasimov (Russia, 1885 – 1964) At Maslovka,Evening, 1958 window night red chairs