JC Leyendecker Show

Happy New Year! A little bird tells me 2007 will be a very good year. :)

I recently saw a very rare showing of JC Leyendecker originals at the Haggis Museum in Stockton, California. JC Leyendecker was a protege of John H. Vanderpoel,who taught at the famed Chicago Art Institute in the late 1800's. I was interested in this drawing in particular because the influence is quite clear. The way the shadows meld together in one or two values and yet the eye sees all the forms of the subjects. This kind of drawing gets me every time, no matter what the subject.

Sorry for the glare and bad photography.

sorry for the blur on the photo below...

Just beautiful. The drawing is all in the shadow patterns. How can an artist not appreciate the beauty of this kind of drawing?