JC Leyendecker

J.C. Leyendecker

May’s book of the month features one of my favorite illustrators of all time, Mr. J.C. Leyendecker.  Leyendecker was an American illustrator born in 1874 and was a premier artist for the Saturday Evening Post magazine for much of the first half of the 20th century.  Leyendecker was also known for his depiction of the arrow collar man for Cluett Peabody & Company that ran from 1905-1931.  Accomplishments aside, Leyendecker is one of my favorite illustrators because of the striking nature of his work…he had an incredible eye for “capturing” a moment.  He was an amazing painter who also focused on gesture, composition and drapery (I know!  Drapery!  Who knew?!?).  In fact, in my concept two class, when we begin to discuss cloth and drapery, I break out the Leyendecker…don’t wimp out on the folds (or risk a punch in the neck!).  I just love this guys work and this book is, in my humble opinion, the best collection of his paintings to date.