Friday, 29 May 2020

Dean Cornwell - part 2



Dean Cornwell (1892-1960) was a left-handed painter and muralist who dominated the illustration field for many years.
He began his professional art career at age 18 as a cartoonist for the Louisville Herald. A year later, he enrolled at the Chicago Art Institute and went to work in the art department of the Chicago Tribune. At the Chicago Art Institute, he met and studied under prominent art educator Harvey Dunn. In 1915 followed Dunn to New York and joined him in his studio-classroom. After studying with Dunn Cornwell quickly became a success.
Cornwell always had a strong work ethic and often worked seventeen-hour days, seven days a week. He produced over 1,000 illustrations for nearly every major publication in the country including Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping magazines. 
In 1927 he decided to devote the rest of his life to mural painting and travelled to England to study mural painting for three years under famous muralist and autodidact Frank Brangwyn.
Cornwell taught and lectured at the Art Students League in New York City and served as president of the Society of Illustrators from 1922 to 1926. He received gold medals for mural painting from the Architectural League of New York, as well as gold medals from the Allied Artists of America and the Society of Illustrators. 

This is part 2 of a 5-part series on the works of Dean Cornwell:



1923 The Beautiful Mid-wife, the Baby, 
and the Beautiful Mother

1923 The Garden of Peril
illustration for Cosmopolitan magazine April 1923
oil on canvas 91.4 x 76.2 cm

1923 The Garden of Peril 
illustration for Cosmopolitan magazine April 1923
oil on canvas 88.9 x 76.2 cm

1923 The Letter by Somerset Maugham
 illustration for Cosmopolitan magazine
oil on board 76.2 x 101.6 cm

1923 (Title not found)
 oil on canvas 88.9 x 73.7 cm

1924 Gold Hands
illustration for Good Housekeeping magazine March 1924
oil on canvas 93.9 x 134.6 cm
Museum of Illustration, New York City

1924 Gold Hands (detail)

1924 Portrait of a Young Woman Reading
oil on canvas 91.4 x 76.2 cm

1924 The Enchanted Hill by Peter B. Kyne
dust jacket illustration

1924 The Enchanted Hill 
front cover

1924 The Stick-Up
oil on canvas 72.4 x 112.4 cm

1924 Who Hired You?
oil on canvas 76.2 x 116.8 cm

1924 Who Hired You? detail

1924 Who Hired You? detail

1925 Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
watercolour on paper 41.9 x 50.8 cm

1925 Old Fashion
oil on canvas 67.3 x 113 cm

1925 Old Fashion detail

1925 Old Fashion detail

1925 Strathmore Paper Co.
advertisement in International Studio magazine

1925 The Ancient Highway by James Oliver Curwood
dust-jacket illustration

1925 The Ancient Highway 
front cover

1925 The Callers, Cosmopolitan Magazine
 interior illustration
oil on board 64.8 x 41.9 cm

1925 The Wonders of Ivory (Swapping Yarns)
oil on canvas paid down on masonite 81.3 x 106 cm


1926 Gold Rush II
Denver Art Museum, CO


1926 Gold Rush II detail

1926 Gold Rush II detail

1926 Golden Gate, Jerusalem
Good Housekeeping magazine
oil on canvas 95.9 x 68.6 cm

1928 The Count of Montecristo
oil on canvas 81.2 x 66 cm
published by Dodd Mead & Co., New York

1928 The Count of Montecristo detail


1925-26 The City of the Great King and Other Places in the Holy Land 
hardcover book published 1926 by Cosmopolitan Book Corporation:


1925 A House In Nazareth
watercolour study on paper

1925 A House In Nazareth

1925 Nazareth Street Scene
watercolour study on paper

1925 Nazareth
watercolour and charcoal study on paper

1925-26 The Carpenter Of Nazareth

1925-26 The Road to Damascus
Good Housekeeping magazine
oil on canvas 71.1 x 56.8 cm

1925-26 The Sea of Galilee
oil on canvas

1925-26 The Way of the Cross
oil on canvas 30 x 22 cm

1925-26 There were Shepherds in the Fields
oil on canvas

1926 The Copper Shop in Jerusalem
oil on canvas 87 x 116.8 cm

1928 The Man of Galilee, Twelve Scenes from the Life of Christ 
(10 found):


1928 The Baptism of Jesus
oil on canvas

1918 The Woman at the Well
oil on canvas

1928 Nicodemus calls at Night
oil on canvas

1918 Feeding the Five Thousand
oil on canvas

1928 The Healing of the Sick
oil on canvas

1928 The Good Samaritan
oil on canvas

1928 The Prodigal Son
oil on canvas 71.1 x 91.4 cm

1928 Weeping over Jerusalem
oil on canvas

1928 Christ before Pilate
oil on canvas

1928 The Crucifixion
oil on canvas