Full of raw talent, the Gag Family helped document history, beautify homes and public buildings, and produced a number of works of art for children and folks of all ages to enjoy. Each family member brought a unique sense of beauty to their creations. Though Anton and Lizzie had seven children, the work of Flavia and Wanda brought more recognition than the others.
Anton Gág, an immigrant artist of considerable natural talent, helped to document Minnesota history as well as beautifying homes and public buildings. Income from his work barely stretched to support his large family growing up in the rural community of New Ulm.
Flavia Gág was an author, artist, writer and illustrator of eight children’s books; she also illustrated 14 books and numerous stories for juvenile magazines. Flavia loved to paint nature and specialized in watercolor paintings of landscapes, animals and flowers. She also wrote and published a number of songs for children.
Wanda Hazel Gág (1893-1946), author and illustrator of Millions of Cats, was the eldest of seven children in a talented family growing up in New Ulm, Minnesota. A distinguished printmaker, her rural landscapes and homey interior scenes demonstrate a compassion for the ordinary things in life. Her art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, bringing her awards and honors. Wanda Gág exhibits continue today.