Well known Children's Book Illustrator, Ronni Solbert, Dies at 96

Well known Children’s Book Illustrator, Ronni Solbert, Dies at 96

Romaine Gustave Solbert aka Ronni Solbert was an artist, author, and photographer known primarily as an illustrator of books, such as The Pushcart War and more than a dozen other titles written by her partner Jean Merrill.

Children’s book illustrator Ronni Solbert passes away at age 96.

The primary author of the book died on June 9 at the age of 96 and her passing was not publicly publicized. But Ms. Solbert’s illustrations, which were at once sophisticated and sentimental and extremely reminiscent of the midcentury New Yorker cartoons, are perhaps what helped to its quick ascent to the heights of children’s literature.

Lisa Solbert Sheldon, her niece, confirmed that Ms. Solbert passed away at her residence in Randolph, Vermont, where she and Ms. Merrill had moved in 1970.

On September 7, 1925, Romaine Gustave Solbert was born in Washington. She was known as Ronni in her younger years. Her father, Oscar Nathaniel Solbert, was the founding director of the George Eastman Museum of photography and cinema, and the family soon relocated to Rochester, New York. Elizabeth (Abernathy) Solbert, her mother, was a housewife.

Solbert was raised in Rochester, New York, but was born in Washington, D.C. Her father, Oscar Nathaniel Solbert, was a Swedish immigrant who rose to the rank of general in the American Army and saw action in both World Wars I and II. Before becoming the first director of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, he later served as an executive at the Eastman Kodak Company.

Oscar Solbert met Elizabeth Abernaty in his early military service, and they later got married. Their daughter was given the name “Romaine,” which was abbreviated to “Ronni,” in memory of an aunt.

Ronni Solbert Age, Family, and Early Life

On September 7, 1925, Romaine Gustave Solbert was born in Washington. She was known as Ronni in her younger years.  She was 96 years old.

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Solbert was raised in Rochester, New York, but was born in Washington, D.C. Her father, Oscar Nathaniel Solbert, was a Swedish immigrant who rose to the rank of general in the American Army and saw action in both World Wars I and II. Before becoming the first director of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, he later served as an executive at the Eastman Kodak Company.

Oscar Solbert met Elizabeth Abernaty in his early military service, and they later got married. Their daughter was given the name “Romaine,” which was abbreviated to “Ronni,” in memory of an aunt.

Ronni Solbert Career, What was her profession?

Solbert worked for the International Red Cross in Stockholm, Sweden, after receiving her degree from Cranbrook, interpreting and broadcasting. She then instructed young students in sculpture and painting at the University of Rochester. In New York City, she also pursued her education and employment at Robert Blackburn’s Graphic Workshop.

She received assistance from the Fulbright Program to work in India, and Merrill, who was also a Fulbright scholar there, participated as a judge for Shankar’s International Children’s Art Competition.

In order to pursue a profession in art and illustration, Solbert moved back to New York. One of Solbert’s prints is housed at MOMA. The Museum of Modern Art featured Solbert’s paintings in one of the museum’s “New Talent” exhibitions in 1959.

In New York, Solbert first met Merrill (who, coincidentally, had also grown up near Rochester). The pair participated in neighborhood activities while they were residents of New York City’s East Village’s Tompkins Square Park. Solbert and Merrill purchased a farm near Washington, Vermont, in 1962, where they would spend their summers. They relocated to Randolph, Vermont, in 1971.

At Vermont College in Montpelier’s MFA Visual Arts Program, Solbert provided instruction. Her paintings were damaged by fire at her Randolph studio, and she afterwards turned to sculpture, photography, and works on paper. She kept creating art until she was 90.

Ronni Solbert Husband, Was she married? Any children.

There are no exact details on if Ronni ever got married or not. Ronni doesn’t have any children either.

Ronni Solbert Net Worth, How much does she earn?

The net worth details of Ronni Solbert are not made public yet.

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Which school did she go to? What was her major?

Following her graduation with honors from Vassar College in 1946, Solbert continued her education at the Michigan-based Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she received an M.F.A. in 1948.

Her social media reach.

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Ronni Solbert’s Height, Weight, Sexual orientation,

HeightN / A
WeightN / A
Hair colorWhite
Body typeFit
 Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Ronni Solbert’s which you should be known

NationalityAmerican
EthnicityWhite
Zodiac signVirgo
Age96
Relationship statusN / A
Children0

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