Tomi Ungerer on influences

“The main influences in my work were, as a child, Matthias Grunewald, Durer, Schongauer, as well as Hansi (Jean-Jacques Waltz) and Léo Schnug, both Alsatian illustrators. Later came Goya, Bosch, the Japanese graphists (Hokusai, etc.), the old issues of Simplicissimus, and Wilhelm Busch.

My interest and hobbies vary and alternate: flying kites and balloons, old toys, books, bondage, erotica, mineralogy, botany, medicine, jazz – the list is vain and endless.

My most meaningful author is Louis Ferdinand Celine, my favorite painter is Ingres, and Bach’s is just about the only music that gives me total satisfaction.”

— Tomi Ungerer (via The Poster Art of Tomi Ungerer)