Thursday, February 15, 2018

Howard Pyle

Marooned Pirate

Howard Pyle revolutionized illustration, both through his own work, which introduced a new level of drama, action and visual excitement to what was largely a staid and restrained art form at the time, and through his influence on his students, who included some of the finest illustrators in America.

the mermaid, 1910

Collectively, Pyle and his students helped usher in the “Golden Age of American Illustration”. His Durer-influenced pen and ink illustrations are among the finest of the 19th and early 20th Century. He was one of the first illustrators to embrace and understand the new four-color printing process, and his paintings are remarkable for their ground-breaking color, dramatic compositions and emotional impact.