Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roaring Twenties Illustrations

For reasons I don't really understand, and therefore can't explain, I've been fascinated by the 1920s for most of my life. So when I surf the Internet and stumble across interesting paintings or illustrations depicting that era, I'll copy them on the hard drive of my desktop computer.

Today's post presents some illustrations I've collected. They were done by artists who are not now well known here in America. I might feature one or more another time, but for now will simply display the images without any supporting information.

Gallery

This nice 1926 illustration is signed by a monogram that looks like the initials "BT," though I might be misinterpreting. Can anyone out there help identify the artist/

By Ruth Eastman

By Jacques Leclerc - 1926

By Fabius Lorenzi - 1926

By Annie Offterdinger in "Jugend" - 1923

By Paul Reith in "Jugend"

I don't know who the artist for this was. It's possible the image was cropped from something larger. And it's possible, because it's context-free, that it was created more recently than the 20s.

By Vald'Es in "La Vie Parisienne"

By Wilton Williams in "The Bystander" - 12 August 1925

1 comment:

mike shupp said...

I really liked the Paul Reith. I can imagine being present as that couple danced past, at just that moment, in just that pose.

The other works had their points of interest -- particularly the women in their wind tossed dresses up on chairs in the Lorenzi illusration -- but they seem rather too static, and rather too idealized. Rather too much like magazine illustrations, I guess.

Eastman's woman-in-red and the cigarette-smoking woman-in-woman ... I find myself thinking Hopper could have made something of them.