Ingri Parin d’Aulaire (nee Ingri Maartenson) was born on December 27, 1904. She knew when she was very young that she wanted to be an artist and received encouragement at age 15 from one of Norway’s foremost painters, Harriet Backer. Ms. d’Aulaire studied art in Norway, Germany, and France.
While at art school in Paris, she met Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, and they were married in 1925. The two vacationed in America and decided to move to the United States in 1929. While her husband concentrated on painting murals, Ms. d’Aulaire worked on children’s portraits. When a children’s librarian suggested that they illustrate children’s books, they began their famous collaboration, which produced books such as Ola and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. In 1940, they received the Caldecott Medal for Abraham Lincoln. In 1970, the d’Aulaires were awarded the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association for their contribution to children’s literature.
Ms. d’Aulaire died in 1980.