“Queen of Spring”
We’re celebrating the spring birthday of our most prolific cover artist with three very different springtime covers. This 1931 cover we call “Queen of Spring” is what J.C. Leyendecker was known for: an elaborate tapestry of a painting, lush in detail.
“Ready for Spring Cleaning”
Leyendecker (March 23, 1874-July 25, 1951) also painted delightful character covers, such as this very different spring queen: a take-no-prisoners woman from 1937 ready for spring cleaning.
Norman Rockwell stopped at 321 Post covers out of deference to the artist he idolized, J.C. Leyendecker, who painted 322. “Between 1900 and 1945, Joe Leyendecker painted like a machine gun,” state Lawrence S. Cutler and Judy Goffman Cutler in their 2008 book about Leyendecker.
“Two Children with Easter Flowers”
Leyendecker was adept at sweet depictions of children, like these two from 1908, all dressed-up for Easter.
Leyendecker painted covers for a number of magazines in addition to the Post, but perhaps ironically, he is best remembered as the illustrator who created the handsome “Arrow Collar Man.” But from 1899 all the way through two world wars, he created a glorious body of work for The Saturday Evening Post for which we are most grateful.