Sunday, November 13, 2011

Interesting Article about Howard Pyle

Interesting article on Salon about Howard Pyle and his influence on how a lot of things in pop culture are still visualized.

Couple good lines: 

"How much do you know about the 19th-century American illustrator whose work left Vincent van Gogh “dumb with admiration”?"

"Sometime around the turn of the century, illustration got written out of the history of art. For lots of reasons: its commercial associations, the advent of photography. Illustration got sidelined as kind of a poor, younger sister to the fine arts. So the premise of the exhibition is to suggest that despite the fact that Howard Pyle is normally only looked at as an illustrator, he was as aware of — and as much a participant in — the art of his time as any of the fine artists."

Wish I could see the exhibit; but I did see a large collection of his work at the Brandywine a couple of years ago.

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