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From my clipfile

I don’t have anything in particular to report today, so here’s an illustrator from my clipfile: Willy Pogany (Vilmos András Pogány) (1882 1955) (full illustration here).

Pogany was Hungarian, though he took American citizenship in 1921. He was one of the great names of what is called the Golden Age of Illustration.

No doubt, there was one of those strange historical throwings-up of an unfeasible number talented people during this era, but I’m inclined to blame the Golden Age on technology.

Book illustration went from the sophisticated black and white wood engravings of the late Nineteenth Century (giving rise to geniuses of ink illustration like Charles Dana Gibson) into early, cheap color reproduction (leading to the ascendance of figures like Rockwell).

Illustrators who surfed the timeline just right — like Arthur Rackham, N.C. Wyeth and Willy Pogany — moved successfully from one style to the next.

I admit, though, I like Pogany’s line work most of all.

Have a good weekend, everyone. I have to do my taxes this weekend, or at least get a start. They aren’t complicated on account of I am poor, but they still aren’t a lot of fun.



Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 11, 2019, 9:54 pm

Sweet illustrations.
I’d forgotten how great those old book illustrations were.

But let’s be honest, they just don’t hold a candle to the ‘art work’ of Dragon Ball Z.

Comment from Drew458
Time: January 12, 2019, 4:06 am

I’ve always liked the works of Anton Otto Fischer, who surfed that same timeline. He was prolific, not just for illustrations for Harper’s Weekly and a long career at The Saturday Evening Post (1910-1960), but for his paintings of ships and life at sea. His style was more realistic than Pogamy.

I first found him through reading my father’s 1931 copy of Moby Dick, which had been his father’s before him. Those pictures are indelible in my memory, and were of his style so strongly that I can instantly spot anything he turned a brush too all these many decades later.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 12, 2019, 11:36 am

Never heard of Fischer, Drew. Thanks for that.

I have an enormous ‘inspiration’ file of illustrators. I think I’ll tap into it when I’m stuck for a post. I picked Pogany at random.

Actually, I started with Walter Jardine, but the internet kept showing me Pogany when I searched for Jardine, so I went with the flow. I like Jardine even more, but he’s more obscure. Apparently.

Comment from Drew458
Time: January 12, 2019, 1:42 pm

Jardine was new to me but I found lots of info online. Looks like he did a lot of advert work for Toothey’s beer and Stamina trousers in the 30s, but his earlier pen and ink stuff is pretty good. Also found James Montgomery Flagg, and the whole of Arthur Guptill’s Drawing With Pen And Ink online. None of it is the garish splat of Dragonball Z, but it is art.

The internets get better all the time!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 12, 2019, 3:25 pm

It was the images search that was muddling up Jardine and Pogany. I had some good stuff on my hard drive, but I was being lazy.

Guptill’s book is considered the classic how-to. I’ve a well-thumbed copy, natch.

You want a treat, check out Franklin Booth. I was told he went blind toward the end of his life due to the high detail he worked in…but Wikipedia doesn’t confirm. *shrug*

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 12, 2019, 4:21 pm

Stoaty, a little off topic but what a cheesy story…and right near you. http://tinyurl.com/ycokcone

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 12, 2019, 9:26 pm

What a very silly story, thefritz.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 13, 2019, 3:46 pm

We were exposed to Veganuary a few days ago…

Now we have a competitor, thanks to diligent work by the BBC, called “Januhairy.”

You’re Welcome.


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b]
Time: January 14, 2019, 3:01 pm

I too have to check into taxes. This year I have to use the long form of the 1040 for the first time, and I need to download it and see what it asks for. My financial situation is somewhat better than the first half of 2018, so no doubt I’ll owe more than the ca. $80 I’ve been paying. I’m just worried that it’s going to require me to attach all sorts of schedules A, G, and BB as well as my W-2.

Comment from Drew458
Time: January 14, 2019, 4:12 pm

Thanks for the tip on F. Booth. Incredible. His work “war on the tiger” is amazing. His oil painting “Autumn” has the same level of detail; it almost looks like a photograph.

While stumbling around on Google I also found impressionist painter John Folinsbee and am rapt. It turns out he lived a few miles away from me in New Hope Pennsylvania and made hundreds of paintings of this area 100 years ago.

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