Monday, 11 November 2019

Charles Dana Gibson - part 11

Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Charles Dana Gibson attended the Art Students League in New York, studying with Thomas Eakins and Kenyon Cox. Hugely successful at the turn of the century, he left New York from 1905 to 1907 to study painting in France, Spain, and Italy.

Gibson's name is still remembered for its association with the icon he created, the "Gibson Girl." This idealised, refined upper-middle-class woman became so popular that she was featured in stage plays, and her image was printed on a variety of domestic objects. The highest-paid illustrator of his time, in 1904 Gibson accepted a contract from Collier's Weekly, which paid him $100,000 for one hundred illustrations over four years. Gibson's illustrations gently satirised public life and mores. During World War I, as president of the Society of Illustrators, Gibson formed and became head of the Division of Pictorial Publicity under the Federal Committee of Public Information. Through this program, prominent illustrators were recruited to design posters, billboards, and other publicity for the war effort. His involvement with publicity during the war led Gibson to become owner and editor of Life, a New York-based magazine filled with short articles and illustrations. In the early 1930s Gibson retired in order to devote more time to painting.

For more information about Charles Dana Gibson see part 1, and for earlier works see parts 1 - 10 also. 

This is part 11 of a 12-part series on the works of Charles Dana Gibson:

1913 Studies in Expression
Reading the Play
Life Publishing Co.

1913 The Middle of the Week.

1913c "For goodness sake, Albert, don't begin complaining of hard times. You know very well that, in our position, we can't afford to economize."
Life Publishing Co.

1913c Advice to the mentally feeble - keep out of politics
pen and ink
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1914 "What's that place, sister?"
"that's St. Patrick's Cathedral."
"Is he a bigger man than Woolworth?"
Life magazine October 22 1914
Life Publishing Co.

1914 His Fortune

1914 Serious Business

1914 The Head of the House

1914 The Veteran

1914 Their First Quarrel

1915 Paloma Jones was a pretty woman now, and the young men of the neighborhood had made the discovery.
Hearts Magazine

1915 Pleasure Bent
Life Publishing Co.

1915 She gave him a rather hasty glance of rather vexed indifference, annoyed at the thought of a possible spectacle to the approaching interview.
 illustration for "She and Him" 45.7 x 22.9 cm

1915 Tragic Moments.
When feelings are too strong for words
Life Publishing Co.

1915c "Between me an' you, Uncle Jasper, don't you get awful tired of doin' what you're told? Don't be scared to answer. I won't give you away to Aunt Jane."

1916 A Girl in Tipperary
"My heart's right there."

1916 Congratulations.
July 14th, the Fall of the Bastille

1916 He: Who is that tramping around overhead?
 She: Oh, that's my papa, he always gets restless towards morning.

1916 Tragic Moments.
The first stormy night in the cottage you have rented for the summer.

1916 Uncle Sam to the Recue
Life Publishing Co.

1916c Her Dance.
Life Publishing Co.

1917 "And the fool, he called her his lady fair"
 India ink with scraping over graphite 49.5 x 73.3 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1917 Can you drive a car?
Will you drive one in France?
Immediate service at the front!
 poster for the American Field Service
lithograph 56.3 x 35.4 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1917 Columbia's Greater Task
Red Cross Magazine

1917 For Humanity
Life Publishing Co.

1917 His Word of Honour
ink over graphite 45.6 x 733 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1917 In Her Path
ink over graphite 55.5 x 46.6 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1917 Is it really getting on his nerves?
ink over graphite 46.5 x 70.3 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1917 The Last Ditch
ink over graphite 45.5 x 73.3 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1917 The Liberty Loan at Everyman's Door
ink over graphite 54.9 x 47.6 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1917 U.S. NAVY
 "Here he is, Sir."
We need him and you too!
Navy Recruiting Station
poster lithograph 83.8 x 68.6 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York

1917 When He Comes Back
Life Publishing Co.

1918 Inseparable ( Victory, Democracy, Peace )
 Life Publishing Co.

1918 The Last Blow
ink over graphite 46.4 x 72 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1918c Help! The Woman's Land Army of America, New Jersey Division, State House, Trenton
colour lithograph poster 103 x 69 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1918c In the Shipyard
pen and ink
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1918c Together you will win!
National Service Section poster 63 x 48 cm

1919 Can you Look Him in the Face
Life Magazine January 1919

1919 "I am going to ask your father at once."
"But I thought you really wanted to marry me?"

1919 The girl who didn't wait
pen and ink over graphite 57.8 x 73.7 cm
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1920 He Promenaded the Long Verandahs, Debutantes Leaning on His Arms.

1920 Life magazine cover "Congratulations"
 October 28 1920

1920 So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return - Shenstone
Life Publishing Co.

1920-29c Engagements, Saint Valentine
Life magazine
pen and ink on paper 48.3 x 37.5 cm

1921 Gibson Girl

1921 People we can get along without XX
The old friend of the family, who asks "what you intend to be when you grow up."
Life Publishing Co.

1921 Ladies in Waiting

1921 The Buy Wire

1922 The Old Cover Artist Goes Landscape
 Unfinished cover for Life Magazine
pen and ink 37.7 x 53.5 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1922 Look pleasant, please
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

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