Friday, October 25, 2013

American Frank Schoonover 1877-1972 looks at WWI


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) Doughboys First


There were few film records of current events available to the general public, there was no TV or internet.  It was the Golden Age of Illustration, a period of unprecedented excellence in book & magazine illustration. It developed from advances in technology permitting accurate & inexpensive reproduction of art, combined with a voracious public demand for new graphic art.  American illustration of this period was anchored by the Brandywine Valley tradition, begun by Howard Pyle & carried on by his students, who included N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Edwin Austin Abbey, & Frank Schoonover.

Frank Earle Schoonover (1877-1972) was a New Jersey-born illustrator who worked in Wilmington, Delaware.  Schoonover studied under Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, becoming a member of the Brandywine School. In 1918-19, he produced a series of paintings along with Gayle Porter Hoskins illustrating the American forces in the First World War for a series of souvenir prints published in the Ladies Home Journal.


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) All-American Sgt Alvin York


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) Battle of Cantigny


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) The Marines took Bouresches


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) Smash Hindenburg Line


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) Kamerad


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) The Young and the Old of St Mihiel Greet their Liberators


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) Leading Them back Home for Christmas


Frank Schoonover (American artist, 1877-1972) When Peace Came


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