UPDATE: Today on this 10th day of September 2015 (orig pub date 30/04/2013), I decided to post a quick update to this article on my blog since I came across an article that really grabbed my attention. It was on Hugo Simberg’s photographs. At the bottom of the page is the link to it. Previously, I hadn’t thought of Simberg as referencing photographs in his art process, yet he does. Here is one of the photos that was the basis for his Wounded Angel
Hugo Simberg: Artists I Like
who I suspect inspired Sendak
Here is a video from youtube with a bunch of Hugo Simberg’s works and at 3 minutes it is interesting to note that the character on the right of the woman looks quite a lot like a larger version of Max from Where the Wild Things Are – probably Sendak was inspired by Simberg? Anyway just a hunch dont have time to find out if that is actually a fact or not, just my opinion.
And finally, here is the wikipedia link with a few details about Hugo_Simberg – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Simberg