Friday, July 30, 2010

Charles Dana Gibson

Often overlooked for brighter artists such as Norman Rockwell in the realm of great illustrators of Americana, Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944) was one of the primary contributors to the classic Life Magazine.

I would never dream of 2nd placing a master such as Rockwell in favor of anyone else, but somehow I always enjoyed Gibson’s work more. It may have been the subject matter. I always found 1950’s America very sterile and self-indulgent, devoid of the life and sexuality of the 30’s and 40’s in almost every way; architecture, fashion, even in the way people carried themselves.

If anyone rivaled Rockwell in his capture of human emotions, it was certainly Gibson, and any artist looking to expand their understanding and grasp of it should study him carefully.

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