Spotlight on The Golden Age of Illustration

His month we look at the Golden Age of Illustration, generally considered to be the period between the late 1880’s and about 1920. Technological progress had made it possible to reproduce artwork accurately and inexpensively, and there was a public demand for exceptional book and magazine illustration, much of which was geared towards younger readers. Heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite artists, and especially by William Morris, many artists went beyond simple illustration to experiment with book design, designing elaborate decorative borders and custom fonts.

In Europe, Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Aubrey Beardsley, and Kay Nielsen were among the greatest illustrators of this era. America’s golden age was dominated by the Brandywine Valley tradition, which was begun by Howard Pyle and carried on by his students, who included N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Edwin Austin Abbey, and Maxfield Parrish.


~ by suntravel on July 27, 2007.

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