DescriptionDEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960)
Man at the Crossroad, Cosmopolitan magazine story illustration, 1924
Oil on canvas
35 x 28 in.
From the Estate of Charles Martignette.
Artist's estate stamp verso.
This painting is an illustration for the story The Man at the Crossroad by Belle Burns Gromer, published in Cosmopolitan magazine, 1924.
"Chinese Charlie's door was locked. Gus swore softly. 'If I'd known this I'd never've took the chance.'"
It was also reproduced as the Frontispiece of Dean Cornwell: Dean of Illustrators by Patricia Janis Broder, Collector's Press, 2000.
This piece is framed to an overall size of 43.25 35.25 in. Scattered areas of inpainting throughout with two heavier horizontal areas in upper left region and lower left region each approximately 12 inches in length.
Cornwell, Dean:Dean Cornwell, born in 1862, was an American artist who was best known as a muralist and for his famous illustrations in national magazines including Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky and as a child observed his civil engineer father do industrial drawings, which led to his interest in art. Cornwell studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and built his career as a cartoonist for the Lousiville Herald and the Chicago Tribune. Cornwell illustrated the works of some of the most famous names in the literary world, including Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, Pearl S. Buck, and Somerset Maugham. He also created murals for the 1939 World's Fair, Bethlehem Steel, and the General Motors Building in New York City. Cornwell's spectacular murals grace buildings throughout the country. Some of the most well known are at 10 Rockefeller Center, the Los Angeles Public Library which illustrates the history of California, and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands. The Los Angeles Public Library and Redlands projects took five years to complete. Cornwell had contacts with major companies including Palmolive, Coca Cola, Squibb, Seagram's Gin, and New York Life. Some of Cornwell's most famous murals and ads include the Natchez/Lee Paddlwheel Race, Ivory Soap, Woodbury Soap, The Pennsylvania Railroad, and the"Spirit of 1943." Illustrations, murals, and ads created by Cornwell helped to promote the war effort during the 1940s. During his career, Cornwell was elected to the National Academy of Design and was president of the Society of Illustrators. Dean Cornwell died in 1960.
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