Tomi Ungerer  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

"If people were brave enough to live out their erotic fantasies, pornography would disappear altogether. I've always believed that eroticism, even more than sensuality, is a form of liberation." -- Erotoscope

Related e



Jean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer (28 November 1931 – 9 February 2019) was a French artist and a writer in three languages. He has published over 140 books ranging from much loved children's books to controversial adult work (Fornicon, 1969 and Joy of Frogs, 1982) and from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He is known for sharp satire (Kiss for Peace, 1967; EAT, 1967; Black Power/White Power, 1968) and witty aphorisms.



Tomi Ungerer was born in Strasbourg in Alsace. His mother Alice moved to Logelbach, near Colmar, after the death of Tomi's father, Theodore -- an artist, engineer, and astronomical clock manufacturer -- in 1936. Ungerer also lived through the German occupation of Alsace, causing his house to be requisitioned by the army of Nazi Germany.

Ungerer moved to United States in 1956. The following year, Ungerer published his first children's book for Harper & Row, The Mellops Go Flying. He also did illustration work for The New York Times and for television during this time, and began to create posters denouncing the Vietnam War.

After Allumette; A Fable, with Due Respect to Hans Christian Andersen, the Grimm Brothers, and the Honorable Ambrose Bierce in 1974, Ungerer ceased writing children's books, focusing instead on adult-level books, many of which focused on sexuality. He eventually returned to children's literature with Flix, 1998.

He currently lives in Ireland, where he and his wife moved in 1976.

In 1998, Tomi Ungerer was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration.

A biographical documentary film, Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, was produced in 2012.

Overview of work

Ungerer's themes include the Vietnam War, eroticism (especially sadomasochism), bigotry in various forms and imaginative subjects for children's books.

He also did a series of six witty posters for the ‘The Electric Circus’ on the theme of ‘the ultimate legal experience’.


Bilderbücher für Erwachsene

  • Tomi Ungerers Weltschmerz. (1961)
  • Basil Ratzki. (1967)
  • Tomi Ungerers geheimes Skizzenbuch. (1968)
  • The Party. (1969)
  • Fornicon. (1970)
  • Tomi Ungerers Kompromisse. (1970)
  • Der Sexmaniak. (1971)
  • Ho Ho Hochzeit. (1971)
  • The Poster Art of Tomi Ungerer. (1972)
  • Der Spiegelmensch. (1973)
  • Adam & Eva. (1974)
  • Freut euch des Lebens. (1975)
  • America. (1975)
  • Der erfolgreiche Geschäftsmann. (1976)
  • Totempole. (1976)
  • Babylon. (1979) ISBN 3-257-00493-1
  • politrics. (1979)
  • Der Furz. Vom Urknall bis heute. Die seit Menschengedenken umfassendste Dokumentation des Furzens,
    zusammengestellt und kommentiert von Alfred Limbach, illustriert von Tomi Ungerer, hrsg. von Robert Pütz. Argos Press, Köln (1980)
  • Symptomatics. (1982)
  • Das Kamasutra der Frösche. (1982) ISBN 3-257-20891-X.
  • Rigor Mortis. (1983)
  • Slow Agony. (1983) ISBN 3-257-02002-3.
  • Schwarzbuch. (1984) Gruner und Jahr, ISBN 3-570-05675-9.
  • Tomi Ungerers Frauen. (1984)
  • frisch, frosch, fröhlich, frei. (1985)
  • Warteraum. (1985), ISBN 3 257 02012 0.
  • Schutzengel der Hölle, Diogenes. (1986), ISBN 3-257-02016-3.
  • Tomi Ungerer’s Erzählungen für Erwachsene. (1993) ISBN 3-453-05598-5.
  • Erotoscope. (2003) ISBN 3-8228-2381-3.

List of exhibitions

Melbourne Cup

Other works

See also

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Tomi Ungerer" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools