Howard Pyle (1853-1911), is recognized by many as the father of modern illustration. He brought to his art the concept of storytelling and drama, particularly in the field of children's book illustration.
Prior to Pyle's success in the late 1800s, book and magazine illustration tended toward set pieces with characters portrayed against a staged backdrop.
Pyle introduced and popularized a new perspective in which characters were shown from dramatic angles in carefully composed settings. He fully immersed his characters and backgrounds in the story.
Writer, artist, teacher, and mentor, he perhaps is best remembered as founder of the
Brandywine School, named for the popular style of American illustration that emerged from the work of his students such as N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Frank Schoonover, and others.
His biography can be found on Wikipedia and other Web sources, as well as in many books.
Check the Image Galleries for more examples of the work of
Story illustration: "The Umbrella, A Curious Present," ink drawing of children, Golden Age Illustration, Harpers, 1881.
Story illustration for "The Apple of Venus," by Marjorie Bowen, 1909.
Story illustration for "The Garden of Eden," by Justus Miles Forman, 1909.
Story illustration: Painting for "An Initial Letter," Golden Age Illustration, 1910.
Story illustration: "Sheridan's first interview with Archie Rowand," Civil war soldier about to receive the Bronze Star for valor, 1909.
Story illustration: Painting for "Pennsylvania in Defiance of the United States," Golden Age Illustration, 1908.
Story illustration for "The Fate of Treasure Town," Golden Age Illustration, 1905.
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