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J.C. Leyendecker Hardcover – 3 Nov 2008
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About the Author
Laurence S. Cutler is the chairman and co-founder of The National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island. Judy Goffman Cutler owns The American Illustrators Gallery in New York. She is the co-founder of The National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island.
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In short, you should get this book for the art and not the text.
Leyendecker's paintings is easily identifiable by the exaggerated, quick brushstroke effect, or crosshatched strokes with oil paint. The reason why I bought the book was to check out how he draws the folds on those clothes. His command of drawing clothes and drapery is masterly. His more iconic pieces would be the Arrow Collar Man, New Year babies, and the covers for Saturday Evening Post.
Plenty of cover art he did for magazines are also included, although it's small at 9 per page. I thought the scans and reproduction of the paintings are pretty good. Yes, there might be yellow stains on those old copies of Saturday Evening Post but note that these paintings are from before the 1950s. The large illustrations are reproduced well, showing the texture of the medium. I like that his portraits are full of form and solidity, which I understand are drawn with models as reference.
The included biography is controversial but I didn't really buy this book for the text.
All said, it's still a very decent archive of Leyendecker's work.
The art is good enough to warrant a 5-star rating, regardless of what is written.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
It is also the book that Leyendecker fans have been waiting many years for. The wait as been worth while. Packed with glorious colour plates on almost every page. almost certainly the most Comprehensive catalogue of Leyendecker work available in general print today. I will not go through the full contents of the book as the Amazon Product Description, covers everything perfectly.
I wiil just say that J.C.Leyendecker was a true original at the cutting edge of a new age of art and advertising. Many followed him and his style (including Norman Rockwell)but he was the original.
How do you set a new style ? Joe did. True genius.
Buy the book,you won't be Disappointed
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