J.C. Leyendecker (1874-1951) was one of the most influential American artists of the early 20th century, and his illustrations were instrumental in shaping the look and style of modern magazine design. This book (288 pages) contains an extensive collection of his art work, including poster, book and advertising illustrations, over 600 pieces in total.
After studying drawing and anatomy at the Chicago Art Institute, Leyendecker spent a year at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he was introduced to the art work of Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha, whose work influenced his own, in particular Mucha’s elaborate floral arabesques and his stylish composition and poses for the human subject matter.
Leyendecker’s own work would eventually be of influence to another important American illustrator some 20 years later – the great Norman Rockwell.
Leyendecker’s artistic clout can still be felt today – the character designs and visual style of the hugely popular Valve game Team Fortress 2 was also directly influenced and inspired by Leyendecker’s illustrations.
A great primer for one of the most preeminent American illustrators, this beautiful hard cover volume excels in both quantity and quality – a wide spectrum of the artist’s work is covered, and the reproductions are crisp and clean. Highly recommended.
“J.C. Leyendecker Art Book” details :
– Dimensions – 1 x 10 x 11.3 inches
– Hardcover, 288 pages
– Full color
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