|THE ARTIST AS ILLUSTRATOR
Howard Pyle - The Flying Dutchman (1900)
N. C. Wyeth - Old Rip Van Winkle (1921)
Probably the first artists who make an impact on us are those who illustrate the books we discover as children.
Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, and Dr. Seuss are only a few of a very long list of famous children's illustrators who
have no doubt played a significant role in interesting children in books and reading. They are part of a tradition that
goes back to the advent of printing.
By the first decade of the 20th century, the vast majority of Americans could read. Television had not yet been
invented, moving pictures were in their infancy -- but books and periodicals were everywhere. Just as today we
might discuss, compare and revere sports figures or actors, people in the early years of the century might compare
authors and collect the pictures by their favorite illustrators. Howard Pyle and N. C. Wyeth were two of the most
famous and successful artists of this time. Each had the outstanding ability to capture the spirit of the written word
-- no matter what the subject -- and effectively give visual impact to the writers' words. With thousands of
illustrations in hundreds of stories, articles and books between them, they represent some of the finest examples of
In this GalleryTime, we look at Howard Pyle's and N. C. Wyeth's wonderful works, hear the stories behind them,
and try our hands at illustration as well.
The Flying Dutchman Old Rip Van Winkle