Penagos, Rafael de

Rafael de Penagos Zalabardo (Madrid, 1889-1954) was one of the best drawers of his time. He studied Fine Arts in Madrid and travelled to Paris to further his studies, and in that city he was surprised by the boom of poster and decorative art, which would have a major influence on his style. He became a distinguished illustrator of children’s books, especially for the Calleja publications, and his signature was regularly seen in the graphic magazines La Esfera, Nuevo Mundo, or Blanco y Negro, where he created an archetype of an elegant and slim woman who personified the values of modernity (in the book about the puppies one cannot be easily identify the main character as a boy or a girl, which, considering the time period, has its merit). The illustrator’s work is regularly exhibited in museums and is greatly represented in the collections by the Fundación Mapfre and the ABC Museum.