Thursday, December 26, 2013

Children Playing: Leonard Weisgard Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

This original illustration by Leonard Weisgard is reportedly a proposed New Yorker cover from the 1950's although it lacks the typical strap along the left side of the image. Weisgard's skill with the medium of gouache seems apparent. Based on this painting, it should come as no surprise that he made his livelihood as a children's book illustrator. It would be interesting to learn the precise date of this illustration, as racial diversity is here prominently on display, and it wasn't always that way.

Leonard Weisbain, Children Playing, proposed New Yorker cover art.

Note:  Other examples of proposed New Yorker covers by Leonard Weisgard and George Booth may be seen here.


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