Acquired by the Permanent Collection Committee over the past two years these artworks are now a part of the most comprehensive illustration collection in the world. Through generous donations by illustrators, collectors and patrons, the Museum of American Illustration has been able to expand its collection.
This show includes such Hall of Fame artists as Mario Cooper, best known for interpretations of stories in watercolor by such authors as Agatha Christie, Clarence Buddington Kelland, Erich Maria Remarque, and even an unknown writer named Benito Mussolini (who found other employ later); Bradshaw Crandell, one of the most influential men in the motion picture industry. The list of stars that sat eagerly for him is like reading a who’s who list of movie greats from the 1920s to the 1950s; David Grove represented by his iconic poster for “Something Wicked This Way Comes”; the inimitable Al Hirschfeld by an early work (pre-Nina) that portrays Minnie and Mickey Mouse as part of a sophisticated social scene; George Stavrinos, one of fashion’s greatest illustrators and finest draftsman by a duet of sensuous women; Bob Peak, considered “the father of the contemporary movie poster” by some of his more experimental efforts; and Arthur William Brown, “Brownie” to his friends and colleagues, a president of the Society and 50+ year member whose illustrations graced the pages of The Saturday Evening Post for 40 years. These are but a few of the artists represented in this wonderful exhibit.
Thank you to the Permanent Collection Committee along with all of our generous donors whose passion for illustration has made this show possible.