Eye Candy for Today: J.C. Leyendecker Pilgrim and Football Player illustration

Pilgrim and Football Player, cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 24, 1928, J. C. Leyendecker This is on the website of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. The page has fascinating information both about the origins of the association of American Football with the holiday of Thanksgiving, and about […]

Americans Abroad: J.C. Leyendecker and the European Academic Influence on American Illustration

Joseph Christian Leyendecker and his brother Frank X. Leyendecker, both among the absolute best illustrators ever, acquired some of their marvelous technique, finesse and painting skill in the course of classical art training in Europe. It was common in the late 19th Century for American artists to make the pilgrimage to Paris, the bright jewel […]

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2017!

As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve Since 2006, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with a few more of J.C. Leyendecker’s terrific New Year’s babies. See that post for background on the origin of the Leyendecker New Years baby covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Images above are from […]

Another wonderful Leyendecker Santa Claus

I’ve suggested before that although others preceded him in developing the character of The Jolly One, I think the great American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker is most responsible for the contemporary version of Santa Claus we are familiar with today. For more, see my previous Christmas Eve posts on Leyendecker’s Santas and Illustrators’ Visions of Santa […]

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2013!

As I’ve done for the past seven years, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with more Saturday Evening Post covers by J.C. Leyendecker, the great American illustrator who originated the modern tradition of representing the new year as a baby. My your new year be filled with beautiful art!  

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2012!

As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve for the past six years, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year! In addition to crystalizing our popular image of Santa Claus (see my recent post), the great American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker originated the contemporary concept of representing the new year as […]

The Haggin Museum Leyendecker Collection

The Haggin Museum in Stockton, California has the largest collection of works by the great American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker held by any museum. The collection had been on tour for some time and returned to the museum in May. Since then work has been completed on a newly remodeled gallery in which the collection will […]

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2010!

In what is becoming something of a tradition, I’ll wrap up the year with four more Saturday Evening Post covers from the early 20th Century featuring New Year’s babies from J.C. Leyendecker, the illustrator who started the practice of representing the new year as a baby. For more on the history of Leyendecker’s New Year’s […]

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2009!

Another post of New Year’s babies from the illustrator who originated the concept of representing the new year as a baby, J.C. Leyendecker; and some of his numerous Saturday Evening Post covers which captured the essence of the year into the theme surrounding the baby. There is (finally!) a new book of Leyendecker’s work, J.C. […]

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2008!

As I mentioned in my Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year! post from last year, master illustrator J.C. Leyendecker is responsible for initiating the tradition of representing the New Year visually as a baby. Here are a few more of his wonderful New Years babies from the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Their archive is […]