Edward Penfield: Born June 2, 1866


epportrait“We are a bit tired of the very serious nowadays, and a little frivolity is refreshing; and yet frivolity to be successful must be most thoroughly studied.” So wrote EDWARD PENFIELD (1866-1925) near the outset of his highly Bicycleinfluential career as an illustrator, art editor, and poster HarpersCatartist, a career guided by keen observation, a cosmopolitan sensibility, and a simplicity that belied his meticulously crafted efforts…In looking at the work of Penfield today, we find less of what strikes us as frivolous and more of a keen sense of design and composition…Penfield is also credited with bringing abstraction to commercial art through his boldly simplified shapes. This and other stylistic trademarks Catsresulted from a distillation of a number of influences, including the compositional precepts and casual poses found in Japanese prints, the eptoohand-craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement, the impressionistic approach of Parisian poster-making, and British poise and directness. http://www.illustration-house.com/bios/penfield_bio.html

The Complete Harper’s Posters, 1893-1899~ http://tinyurl.com/hfxr3jz
Treasures of the New York Public Library~ http://exhibitions.nypl.org/treasures/items/show/18
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