The Golden Age of American Illustration Comes to Pepperdine’s Weisman Museum

April 29, 2013  | 1 min read

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art welcomed a new exhibit this spring, Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of American Illustration from the Kelly Collection.

Illustrating Modern Life features over 60 works from one of the most fascinating periods in American art: the “Golden Age” of American illustration (1880- 1930), when revolutions in printing technology and mass mailing resulted in a meteoric rise of new magazines. Publishers and advertisers turned to
illustrators to create eye-catching, hand-rendered paintings that would appeal to a growing public of modern consumers.

The original oil paintings, watercolors, and ink drawings in this exhibition, rarely seen on the West Coast, included some of the finest examples produced by the best artists of the genre. The art created by renowned talents such as Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, J. C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, and Norman Rockwell has entered the pantheon of 20th-century American culture and still captivates audiences today. The Kelly Collection of American Illustration is regarded as one of the nation’s largest and finest private holdings of this material.

View images from the exhibit and read an essay about the works by museum director Michael Zakian.