Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955

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William Andrew (Willy) Pogány (1882-1955) was born in Szeged, Hungary. He studied at Budapest Technical University, and in Munich and Paris. Originally intending to be an engineer, he was already well established as an artist by the time he arrived in New York in 1915. Pogány created a number of murals, including one for the Niagara Falls Power Station. He designed sets for the Metropolitan Opera and for Broadway productions, as well as for films including Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times". He also designed and illustrated more than 150 books, including children's books.

From the description of Willy Pogány papers, 1910-1967. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 130046273

Willy Pogány was born in Hungary in 1882 and lived in Paris and London before settling in New York City. A prolific illustrator of children's books, Pogány also painted murals and portraits.

From the description of Willy Pogány papers, ca. 1916-1955. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 52578906

William "Willy" A. Pogány, born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1882, studied at Budapest Technical University and in Munich and Paris. His reputation as a muralist, painter and illustrator was well established in Paris, London and Munich before arriving in the United States in 1915, at the age of thirty-three. Skilled in an unusually wide range of media, he had won gold medals at exhibitions in Budapest, Leipzig, and at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition.

Among Pogány's many murals are those for the Heckscher Children's Theatre in New York City and the Niagara Falls Power Station. As a painter he did portraits of famous people in all walks of life. An expert on scenery design and lighting effects, Pogány also designed sets for ballets and operas, including "Le Coq d'Or," and for many films, such as Modern Times for Charlie Chaplin as well as animated cartoons based on his children's books.

Among his other artistic endeavors Pogány was an accomplished book illustrator. It was this phase of his career, especially as an illustrator of children's books, which gives this collection special relevance for Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Oregon Libraries. Pogány designed and illustrated more than 150 books. His illustrations include those for the Rubaiyat and the Sonnets from the Portuguese, The Song Celestial, The Adventures of Odysseus, Gulliver's Travels, and many others, both classic and original.

Working tirelessly right up until the end, Willy Pogány died in 1955. He is survived by his second wife, Elaine Pogány, a children's book writer, and his son, Peter Pogány Scott.

From the guide to the Willy Pogány papers, 1910-1967, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955. Willy Pogány papers, ca. 1916-1955. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
referencedIn Willy Pogány papers, 1910-1967 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers, 1900-1950 (inclusive), 1920-1941 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Willy Pogány papers, 1910-1967 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection of American children's literature, 1640-2001 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1927. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical costume designs, ca. 1914-1978. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Pogany, Willy, 1882-1955 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
Pogany, Willy, 1882-1955 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955. Willy Pogány papers, 1910-1967. University of Oregon Libraries
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associatedWith Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977. person
associatedWith Loring, Rosamund B. (Rosamond Bowditch), 1889-1950 person
associatedWith Pogany, Willy person
associatedWith Scott, Peter Pogány person
associatedWith Scott, Peter Pogány. person
associatedWith Shirley, Betsy Beinecke. person
associatedWith Tamiment Playhouse. corporateBody
associatedWith USM Libraries. de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. corporateBody
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United States
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Mural painting and decoration--20th century
Illustration of books--20th century
Hungarians--United States
Magazine illustration--United States--20th century
Set designers--United States
Artists
Magazine illustration--20th century
Photographs
Hungarians
Literature
Illustration of books--United States--20th century
Mural painting and decoration--United States--20th century
Illustrators
Illustrators United States
Illustration of books
Fine Arts
Artists United States
Set designers
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Artists
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Birth 1882

Death 1955-07-30

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