22 December 2010

Happy New Year: The Art and Life of JC Leyendecker


German born Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951) became one of the best known American illustrators of the early twentieth century. After studying at the Chicago Art Institute he trained in Paris for a year where he was exposed to Jules Chéret's poster art, Toulouse-Lautrec's prints and Alphonse Mucha'a decorative art. Upon Leyendecker's return to Chicago he began doing covers for The Saturday Evening Post including his iconic New Year's Eve Baby. After moving to New York City his work expanded to the apparel industry and he helped create the visual image for The Arrow Collar Man advertisements that ran from 1905 through 1930. The inspiration for this handsome male figure that resembled a character in a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel was Canadian Charles Beach (1886–1952), Leyendecker's companion. Beach also modeled for other apparel ads that his partner was commissioned to do; Interwoven Socks, Hartmarx, and Kuppenheimer. The couple lived together for fifty years, separated in death by only a year.

14 comments:

  1. best wishes for a magnificent new year! may it be magic...xo, v

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  2. Elegant images presage a new year filled with the right choices...best wishes for 2011!

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  3. Thank you Gretchen, the best for you and yours in the New Year! Kendra

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  4. Thank you VT and the best to you! Kendra

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  5. Meant to post earlier.
    you certainly know your audience.
    A touching tribute to the couple, a talented artist and his lovely muse, doesn't get more romantic then that!
    Happy New Year Kendra,
    LG

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  6. Love that smoking jacket! Another fascinating story! Best wishes for all good things in 2011, Kendra.

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  7. Your decisions to send us, simply stop my mind. I continue to turn back to them. Especially, this trio. The difference with each one is shocking and therefore received so strongly I will be thinking about them in the New Year.

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  8. Thank you Leonard, Alaine, and Maggie, Joseph and Charles lived in an elegant but closeted world. At least we have the legacy of their creative collaboration to remind us of their love and friendship. Best, Kendra

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  9. I have a framed poster of "The Arrow Collar Man advertisements", which someone gave me a long time ago. I used to hang it in my dressing room, when I had one. Now it's like so many picture, resting propped up in a store cupboard. Not enough walls, sadly!

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  10. Columnist, I have always wanted to have a dressing room! What a perfect place for "The Arrow Collar Man". But I too have many pictures in storage because I do not have enough walls. I loved your post on another artist and his muse;
    :http://corcol.blogspot.com/2010/12/amuse-bouche.html

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  11. I adore Leyendecker. Thank you for Posting ! I do regret that your fabulous images cannot be clicked on to enlarge.

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  12. You are welcome Lango. I will have to see I can make technical changes in the future! Best, Kendra

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  13. Wonderful post. I have blogged about Leyendecker and the steamy homoeroticism of some of his images. Also, I want to tell you that I have awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award. You can read about it here on my blog The Great Within:

    http://www.thegreatwithin.org/2011/01/great-within-receives-stylish-blogger.html

    Congratulations, Kelly T Keating

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  14. Thank you Kelly for the wonderful complement and introducing me to your intriguing blog. I'll be adding it to my Fine Plumed Friends. Kind regards, Kendra

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