Thursday, June 2, 2011

A PROMINENT POSTER ARTIST



The Golden Age of Illustration was a period of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration. It developed from advances in technology permitting accurate and inexpensive reproduction of art, combined with a voracious public demand for new graphic art.
In Europe, Golden Age artists were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and by such design-oriented movements as the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, and Les Nabis. Leading artists included Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Aubrey Beardsley, Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen.
American illustration of this period was anchored by the Brandywine Valley tradition, begun by Howard Pyle and carried on by his students, who included N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Frank Schoonover and Edwin Austin Abbey.
(artcyclopedia.com)
Louis John Rhead (1858-1926) was one of the most important American Art Nouveau artists, alongside Will Bradley. The art of Louis Rhead was profoundly influenced by that of the French master of Art Nouveau, Eugène Grasset. Louis Rhead was actually born in Etruria, Staffordshire. At the age of 13 he was sent to Paris to study with Gustave Boulanger, and he continued his art studies in England under Edward John Poynter and Alphonse Legros. He moved to the United States in 1883, and became an American citizen.
(idburyprints.com)


Póster promocional de Midsummer Holiday Number
United States Library of Congress's Prints
From librodearena.com


Jane
L'Estampe Moderne (Publisher)
Color lithograph image
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase
From americanart.si.edu


L. Prang & Co's Holiday Publications
Color lithograph on paper
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase
From americanart.si.edu


Kings Puremalt
From allday.ru


THE QUARTIER LATIN
From allday.ru


Prangs Easter Publications
From allday.ru


The Century Magazine
From allday.ru


In 1884 Louis John Rhead married Catherine Bogart Yates, thus becoming an American citizen. Louis and Catherine lived in Flatbush overlooking Prospect Park for forty years.
(From en.wikipedia.org)


Front and back cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine, 1894
Harper's Bazaar, Illustrations by Louis J. Rhead
From commons.wikimedia.org


In the early 1890s, Rhead became a prominent poster artist. During the poster craze of the early 1890s, Rhead’s poster art appeared regularly in Harper's Bazaar, Harper's Magazine, St. Nicolas, Century Magazine, Ladies Home Journal and Scribner's Magazine. In 1895 he won a Gold Medal for Best American Poster Design at the first International Poster Show in Boston.
(From en.wikipedia.org)


Advertising in The Sun gives the best results, 1896
From commons.wikimedia.org


Art nouveau poster Woman with Peacocks, 1897
Source allposters.com
From commons.wikimedia.org


Morning Journal, 1900
Source Les maîtres de l'affiche
From commons.wikimedia.org


Robin Hood and Little John
From: Rhead, Louis. Bold Robin Hood and His Outlaw Band
Their Famous Exploits in Sherwood Forest
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1912
From lib.rochester.edu


Long John Silver illustration, 1915
Treasure Island
From brighthub.com


By the late 1890s, the popularity of poster art declined and Rhead turned his skills to book illustration. Between 1902 and his death in 1926, Rhead illustrated numerous children's books published by Harpers and others. Most notable among these were editions of: Robin Hood, The Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, The Deerslayer, Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Heidi.
(From en.wikipedia.org)


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