J.C. Leyendecker

Same as Joseph Christian Leyendecker or Joe Leyendecker.
Not to be confused with his brother Frank Xavier Leyendecker.

Joseph Christian Leyendecker (March 23, 1874 – July 25, 1951); one of the preeminent American illustrators of the early 20th century. Best known for his poster, book and advertising illustrations, the trade character known as The Arrow Collar Man, and his numerous covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Between 1896 and 1950, Leyendecker painted more than 400 magazine covers. During the Golden Age of American Illustration, for The Saturday Evening Post alone, Leyendecker produced 322 covers, as well as many advertisement illustrations for its interior pages. No other artist, until the arrival of Norman Rockwell 2 decades later, was so solidly identified with one publication. Leyendecker "virtually invented the whole idea of modern magazine design."

Born in Montabaur in Southwest Germany, a tiny village near the Rhine, to Peter Leyendecker and Elizabeth Oreseifen Leyendecker. Joseph was the first-born son... A sister, Augusta, the third and last child, arrived after the family emigrated to America.

In 1882, the Leyendecker family immigrated to Chicago, Illinois...

After studying drawing and anatomy under John H. Vanderpoel at the Chicago Art Institute, JC and younger brother Frank enrolled in the Académie Julian in Paris for a year, where they were exposed to the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, and also Alphonse Mucha, a leader in the French Art Nouveau movement.

...As the premier cover illustrator for the enormously popular Saturday Evening Post for much of the first half of the 20th century... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._C._Leyendecker)
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