Articles and essays from Resource Library
in chronological order:
From other web sites:
American Art Archives
is a website dedicated to American Illustrators.
Darley, Felix Octavius
Carr (1821-88): American illustrator from The Darley Society
National Museum of American
The PBS American Masters series includes a documentary
concerning Alfred Stieglitz. PBS's web site offers a page
that includes eight video clips from four to nine minutes in length not
found in the original documentary. Stieglitz-experts in the clips include
Historian Thomas Bender; Alan Trachtenberg, Professor of American Studies
at Yale; Richard Whelan, Stieglitz Biographer; Elizabeth Hutton Turner,
Curator at Philips Gallery; Sarah Greenough, Curator of Photographs, National
Gallery of Art; Joanna Steichen, Author, and widow of Edward Steichen; Sue
Davidson-Lowe, author and grand-niece of Stieglitz; and Wanda Corn, art
historian at Stanford.
More from American Masters:
- Page on children's books illustrator Maurice
Sendak includes a 55-second video clip "where Sendak discusses
how there are little glimmers of similarity between his own childhood and
the plot of his Caldecott-winning book, Where the Wild Things Are."
Society of Illustrators
As of 8/19/11 TFAO's website contained: 623 pages referencing the word
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TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:
- Charles Dana Gibson: Portrait of an Illustrator The "Gibson
Girl," created by American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, first
appeared in 1890, and was the first popular image of the American woman.
Her independent, self-assured spirit and beauty captivated the American
imagination. This 28 minute 1997 Josiah Emery video, produced by Gibson's
great-grandson, explores the origins of the Gibson Girl, with an in-depth
look at her creator and his life's work. It features numerous pen-and-ink
drawings, interviews with family members and illustration experts, plus
rare archival footage of Gibson.
- J. C. Leyendecker - The Great American Illustrator
is a 2002 video from Kultur Video
With hundreds of paintings for The Saturday Evening Post and other
publications, J.C. Leyendecker was one of the most successful illustrators
of his time. This 45 minute video biography explores the warmth and imagination
that marked his work. Kultur Video says: J.C. Leyendecker was the most
successful illustrator of his time, creating over 500 paintings for magazine
covers - including 322 for the Saturday Evening Post - and advertisements
that made his clients famous. His paintings portrayed a lifestyle that
resonated with millions of Americans. Even when depicting those issues
that mattered most - a woman's right to vote, the economic woes of the
Depression, victory over Nazi Germany - he never employed a heavy hand
or a dark mood; his images were always full of human warmth and imagination.
Leyendecker told the story of consumerism as if it were lyric poetry; replacing
the turbulence of cultural history with a beauteous glance, a beguiling
child, a muscular vision, or a gentle hand."
- Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait is a 60 minute 2002 video
from V.I.E.W. Video is a PBS special, narrated by 3-time Emmy Award nominee
Mason Adams. Norman Rockwell had a love affair with
America. His poignant paintings captured the truths of daily life with
a simple humane grace and greeted Americans from the cover of The Saturday
Evening Post for over five decades. This documentary celebrates Rockwell's
life and art, with interviews and commentary by art historians, close friends
and the artist himself. "This notable documentary shows Rockwell was
a perceptive social commentator of exceptional artistic skill and narrative
power" (Entertainment Weekly). DVD: Bonus features include
a Norman Rockwell biography, an art gallery and more.
- Norman Rockwell. "Norman Rockwell's distinctive illustrations,
glowing with the simple, noble character of average citizens, crystallized
an image of 20th century American life." This
50 minute 1994 A&E Biography video "provides an intimate
portrait of the artist and the man with interviews of friends and people
he used as models and takes us on a tour of the Norman Rockwell Museum
and his best-known images."
- Norman Rockwell: Painting America is an 86 minute 1999 American
Masters Production from Winstar Home Entertainment.based on the award-winning
PBS series. Norman Rockwell: Painting in
America looks at the life and art of one of America's most celebrated
illustrators. Best known for his memorable covers of The Saturday Evening
Post, Rockwell achieved unprecedented fame for masterfully showing
warmth and humor in his renderings of everyday life. This program includes
interviews with artists, critics, historians, friends and admirers, as
well as archival newsreel and television footage of the artist himself.
- Norman Rockwell's World: An American Dream is a 24 minute 1972
video directed by Robert Deubel that presents the world of American illustrator
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) through reenactment, stills, paintings, and
old film footage. Rockwell himself narrates this Academy Award®-winning
film. Using the artwork and the commentary of Rockwell himself in combination
with old film footage and staged reenactments, the Saturday Evening
Post covers once again come alive.
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