Americans Abroad - J.C. Leyendecker and the European Academic Influence on American Illustration
Paperback, oversize, like new condition - This is the catalog accompanying the exhibit "Americans Abroad: J.C. Leyendecker and the European Academic Influence on American Illustration" May 21 through July 12, 2008. Joseph Christian Leyendecker (March 23, 1874 – July 25, 1951) was a German-American illustrator. He is considered to be one of the preeminent American illustrators of the early 20th century. He painted strong, athletic, men and lithe, feminine, women with equal ease. Inspired Norman Rockwell. Created long-running characters like Saturday Evening Post babies and the Arrow collar man. Book and magazine illustrator (he painted 322 covers for the Saturday Evening Post), also painted for American Weekly, Collier's, Popular Magazine, Century Illustrated, Ladies' Home Journal. Ads for Kuppenheimer, Interwoven socks, Chesterfield (utilizing the same fade-away technique as friend, Coles Phillips), Kellogg's, Ivory, Pierce Arrow. He so defined an era of fashion in the early 20th Century that Richard Amsel paid homage to him in his poster art for The Sting (which was parodied by Norman Mingo for MAD Magazine). Brother of artist Frank Leyendecker.