by Laurence and Judy Cutler Abrams
256 pages (illustrated), $50.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL volume to grace the coffee table of any art lover, J. C. Leyendecker is the second major study of perhaps the most successful illustrator, or imagist, as he’s referred to by the authors, of the first half of the 20th century. Michael Schau’s 1974 Watson-Guptill publication of the same name is now a collector’s item, though this new Abrams edition by Laurence and Judy Cutler is more lavishly illustrated and more forthright about the artist’s life as a gay man, gathered from what little is known of this highly private individual.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874–1951) was a genius