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This beautiful new book explores the life and work of Harry Anderson, one of America's great illustrators. His buttery style in the difficult medium of opaque watercolor has been admired by generations of artists. He reminds us very favorably of Andrew Loomis and, no surprise, he also worked in the famous Haddon Sundblom studio in the 1940s, as did Loomis. His work appeared in Collier's, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, The Saturday Evening Post and other leading magazines. Over 300 stunning illustrations.
Stunning reproductions from vintage magazines, family photos, and a great many original paintings from the family's archives. This is an essential and comprehensive document of the artist's work.
Harry attended the Syracuse School of Art with friend and fellow artist Tom Lovell for classical art education. He graduated in 1931 during the Great Depression and had difficulty making a living. But within a year he earned enough by doing art for magazines to return home to Chicago. By 1937 he was working on national advertising campaigns and doing work for several major magazines.
In 1941 he went to work for the prestigious Haddon Sunblom Studio, creating superlative ads for the latest in autos and more high-end products which would appear full page in the top selling magazines. He was also a popular magazine illustrator, creating fine scenes for the top fiction that would appear in the leading magazines of the day. Like Loomis, Georgi and Whitcomb, Anderson also captured beautiful girls, handsome young men and hip, modern settings offering readers both scenes of power and drama, but also of the "good life" that so many post-war young people aspired to.
In 1944, Anderson and his wife joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church and, by request, in 1945 he did his first painting of Jesus, depicting Jesus with modern-day children that was for a time decried as blasphemous by some adults. From that time on, he split his time between advertising and story illustrations for those previously named magazines, and religious ones. He painted approximately 300 religious-themed illustrations for the Seventh-day Adventist Church at near minimum wage.
Interesting enough, while I'm not religious now, I was raised as a Methodist. I quickly recognized several of Harry's illustrations from my Sunday School texts in the 1950s and early 60s. Even after almost 55 years, they are still familar and, in fact, they do convey a more modern and reader-friendly approach to Jesus life and biblical events.
Anderson was featured in a 1956 issue of American Artist and received awards from several associations throughout his career, such as the prestigious New York Directors Club. In 1994, he was inducted into the Society of Illustrators' Hall of Fame, joining such notable illustrators as Norman Rockwell, James Montgomery Flagg, and N.C. Wyeth.
In the 1960s, Anderson did work for Exxon Oil (then Esso), and he was also commissioned to create a number of paintings for the LDS Church. He painted a large oil mural of Jesus ordaining his apostles for the church's pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
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Item Code ARTHAH Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9780999513811 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 224pg Color Full Color