Marije Tolman

Marije Tolman (b. 1976) studied graphic and typographical design at the Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in The Hague. Her picture books have been published in more than ten different countries. Schattig (Cute) was selected as Picture Book of the Year in 2008 by the Flemish children’s and young people’s reading jury, was nominated for the Kinderboekwinkelprijs (children’s bookshop prize) and received a Leespluim award in 2007. De Boomhut (The Tree House), a picture book that Marije made together with her father Ronald Tolman, won the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2010. De Boomhut was shortlisted for the Gouden Uil Jeugdliteratuurprijs, was awarded the Gouden Penseel (best illustrated children’s book of the year) at the Rijksmuseum and won the Troisdorfer Bilderbuchpreis 2011. It was also nominated for the USBBY Outstanding International Booklist in the USA.

Ensor: The Great Masquerade

Ensor: The Great Masquerade

(Leopold, 2011, 28 pages)

The modern symbolist James Ensor (1860–1949) from the Flemish coastal town of Ostend is famous for his paintings of masks, skeletons and other strange figures. What is less well known is that he also composed music. Marije Tolman, winner of the Gouden Penseel and the Bologna Ragazzi Award, has combined these two disciplines in a wistful picture book, which is part of a successful series of illustrated art books published by Leopold and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. In Ensor, de grote maskerade, the artist goes on a fantastic journey, starting and ending by his beloved sea.

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