Remembering Annie Vallotton

The best-selling artist of all time leaves a lasting legacy for the Bible.

Annie Vallotton, illustrator of the iconic images in American Bible Society’s Good News Bible, died in France on December 28, 2013 at the age of 98. The publisher HarperCollins has identified Vallotton as the best-selling artist of all time, thanks largely to the success of the Good News Bible, of which more than 225 million copies have been distributed since its release as "Good News for Modern Man" in 1966.

Vallotton, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, dedicated her life to finding ways to share the Bible’s message in a clear, simple way. In addition to the Good News Bible, Vallotton illustrated other Christian books, including Who Are You Jesus? and From the Apple to the Moon.

"I did some of the drawings [for the Good News Bible] 80-90 times before I achieved the one I wanted," Vallotton said in a 2008 interview. "I wanted to get to the truth… the most important thing."

Vallotton’s artwork is still featured in American Bible Society’s Good News Bible.

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