This section is devoted to scholarly essays on illustration – including articles on individual illustrators, the history of illustration, and illustration collections and important movements in history.

The End

The End by Barbara Rundback The illustrator Howard Pyle understood the essential elements of imagining the termination of a life or illustrating the passage of a lifetime. In the vignette seen below, he pictured an artist (himself really) seated under his umbrella painting the ruins of

2020-05-28T14:16:12-04:00August 20th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Visual Thrills

Visual Thrills By Joyce K. Schiller, Curator, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies         Robert Crumb (b. 1943) Cheap Thrills   1967 Album cover for Big Brother and the Holding Company   The cover art of the Cheap Thrills album is one of

2020-05-28T14:25:53-04:00August 13th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

A Case of the Vapors

Shifting Visions of Vaporous Artistry By Joyce K. Schiller, Curator, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies There is something distinctive and magical about the way J. C. Leyendecker conveyed the fleeting properties of steam, smoke, and fog in his illustrations. His stylized (sometimes art nouveau-inspired)

2020-05-28T14:31:13-04:00August 7th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Illustrating Active, Sporting Women

Illustrating Active, Sporting Women By Joyce K. Schiller, Curator, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies As early as 1893, Vogue magazine began commissioning illustrators to include images of active young woman participating in sporting activities. For example, the American illustrator  Charles M. Relyea (1863-1932) produced cover

2020-05-28T14:41:00-04:00July 31st, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

At the Front, WWI

July 28, 2014 is the one hundredth anniversary * of the beginning of what the British called, The Great War. While America had already experienced the vast destruction (of humans and land) during our mid-19th century Civil War, World War I was the first time Europe experienced the broad devastation of land and people in

2016-11-14T10:19:05-05:00July 23rd, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Making Us Laugh

While you might not be aware of the illustrator Tony Sarg (1882-1942) by name, some of his work still influences our lives. Sarg was born in Guatemala to a German father and an English mother. Despite his training for a career in the military, Sarg rebelled and instead focused on illustration art moving to London

2016-11-14T10:19:07-05:00July 10th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Illustrating Jazzzz

In the early part of the 20th century, American artists looked to contemporary music as a viable exemplar of time and motion to apply to their visual expression giving the more static traditional forms of painting and sculpture a new energy and a sense of movement. Ragtime, the Blues, and Jazz provided new snappier or

2016-11-14T10:19:08-05:00June 25th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Japanese Lanterns

In 1916 the illustrator Everett Shinn was commissioned to create the first of June cover illustration for Vanity Fair magazine (see below). To express the frothy entertainments of summer, Shinn portrayed an upscale dandy with his boater in his proper right hand and his elegantly dressed companion seated among or straddling the bough’s of a tree,

2016-11-14T10:19:08-05:00June 11th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Are We All Illustrators Now?*

In John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration, my new book from Yale University Press, I use the work of Sloan—an early twentieth-century American artist and member of The Eight and the Ashcan School–as a lens through which to consider the subject of illustration more broadly. As such, while the book focuses primarily on the several decades around

2016-11-14T10:19:08-05:00May 28th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Norman Rockwell Museum



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