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    Joseph Christian Leyendecker (American, 1874-1951)
    Circus Dog, The Saturday Evening Post cover, July 29, 1922
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 20 inches (68.6 x 50.8 cm)
    Signed with monogram lower right: JCL
    Bears inscription on the reverse: [...] / P 4086

    Private collection, Norwalk, Connecticut.

    The present commission for The Saturday Evening Post is a brilliant example of Joseph Christian Leyendecker's technical prowess and the qualities that make him one of illustration's biggest names. The composition immediately registers with the eye: The stance of the clown effectively fills the composition, while remaining dynamic. The naturalistic pose of the poodle creates a sense of motion. This sense of action is accentuated further by the unseen stage lighting, illuminating the figure from below, conveying a sense of scale and drama. At the time, The Saturday Evening Post covers were not yet using full-color printing technology, therefore Leyendecker is working with a limited palette of reds, whites, and blacks. The artist deftly utilizes a primary palette to guide the eye across the composition with an illusion of rhythm. All these qualities combine to create a stunning image with great impact, perfectly crafted to attract the eye and draw in customers, exemplary of Leyendecker's mastery of communicative illustration.

    More information about Joseph Christian Leyendecker, also known as Leyendecker, Joseph Christian, .

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    Framed Dimensions 36 X 29 Inches
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    November, 2021
    5th Friday
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