This week’s subject allowed me to delve deeper into a recent acquisition by Harold von Schmidt, a student of the accomplished illustrator Harvey Dunn. Curious about the imprisoned man in “I have had the liberty of speaking through the hold of door to my wife and servants, his editorial read,” I performed a web search for the December 1934 issue of The Elks Magazine, to find out more. Luckily, the magazine was digitized.
Though not well known to the public, Albert Dorne (1904-1965) was the highest paid illustrator of mid-twentieth century. He strongly supported the field of illustration by serving as the Society of Illustrators president and by co-founding the Code of Ethics and Fair Practices of the Profession of Commercial Art and Illustration. He mentored and helped other people achieve their dreams of becoming paid artists with the establishment of The Famous Artists School, a correspondence course for commercial art. Over the years, this savvy businessman earned the respect of his industry.
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A strong admirer of the artists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, Stevan Dohanos created artwork reflecting the style of American Realism. His pictures are filled with common objects, preferably man-made, that are easily recognizable to people. This popular subject matter lead him to produce 123 covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Dohanos’s images captured the locations and trapping of the American dream, not those who populated it, the focus of Norman Rockwell’s work. He took inspiration from everyday scenes found around his home in Westport, Connecticut, offering only glimpses of its residents.
Join arts and cultural historian Skylar Smith for this series of snappy virtual art experiences exploring the social, cultural, and material underpinnings of classic illustrations, which are re-contextualized for today’s times. The continuity and evolution of American identity, branding, politics, women’s rights, and gender identity is explored with humor, wit, and a deep dive into the history and cultural context of the moment.
Alexandre Cabanel 1823-1889 French Student of François Picot Teacher of Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant Alexandre Cabanel was well known for his dramatic religious and mythological narratives drawn and painted with precise draftsmanship and a high degree of academic finish. A student of François Picot, Cabanel studied in Rome after winning
Maxfield Parrish 1870-1966 American Student of Robert Vonnoh, Thomas Anshutz, Henry Thouron, Howard Pyle Maxfield Parrish first considered a career as an architect, but after three years at Haverford, he transferred to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to study painting under Robert Vonnoh, Thomas Anshutz, and
Howard Pyle 1853-1911 American Student of Francis Adolf Van der Wielen, Lemuel Wilmarth Teacher of N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish Howard Pyle was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and except for a few brief years in New York City, he remained in Wilmington where he established his career as
Robert Vonnoh 1858-1933 American Student of Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre Teacher of Maxfield Parrish Robert Vonnoh, born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Boston, traveled to France to study with the teaching team of Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian, returning to America to teach
Thomas Anshutz 1851-1912 American Student of Lemuel Wilmarth, Thomas Eakins, William Bouguereau Teacher of Maxfield Parrish Thomas Anshutz began his studies at the National Academy of Design under Lemuel Wilmarth before entering the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to study with Thomas Eakins, eventually becoming Eakins’s assistant
Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant 1845-1902 French Student of Alexandre Cabanel Teacher of Eric Pape Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Alexandre Cabanel. During the Franco-Prussian War he traveled to Spain where he came under the influence of the Orientalist painter Mariano Fortuny y Marsal. Best