Permanent Art Displays - Carl Moon Steinheimer Collection Drawings

Carl Moon, 1879-1948:

Photo of Carl Moon's drawing

Carl Moon was an artist and writer whose publications include various children's books about Native Americans. Moon began collecting visual representations of Native Americans in the 1900s, the same decade in which he managed his own art and photography studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He later produced collections for various institutions, including the Huntington Library and the American Museum of Natural History.

In 1917 he began providing illustrations for children's books written by his wife, Grace Moon. Indian Legends in Rhyme, the first of his wife's works to feature Moon's illustrations, was succeeded by such volumes as Nadita (Little Nothing), the story of a Mexican girl and her puppy. Marcia Dalphin, writing in New York Herald Tribune Books, deemed Nadita "a good story, with entirely plausible, exciting adventures."

In addition to providing illustrations to his wife's books, Moon also collaborated with her in the writing of several tales, including The Book of Nah-Wee, a series of tales about a Pueblo Indian girl. A. T. Eaton, in a New York Times review, noted the book's "pleasantly realistic quality," while Ernestine Evans, in a Books appraisal, lauded it as "one of the very best pictures and story books about the Southwest."

Photo of Carl Moon's drawing

From: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.

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