Maurice Sendak, the author of wildly funny and darkly tragic children's books, died this morning. Sendak never shied away from the terrors of childhood even as he celebrated kids' slightly naughty side. Today we offer a highlight from our Morton E. Wise Collection of Maurice Sendak: the original artwork behind "Foolish Ida" of Sendak's Outside over There (New York: Harper and Row, 1981).
Progressing from the pencil sketch through the watercolor to the final published image, you can see Sendak manipulating Ida's expression, transforming it from one of sad determination to one of deep mourning. A fitting tribute for today.