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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Monday, July 11, 2016

june on the lawn

From The New York Public Library http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/
Here's what you would have seen on the cover of your Harper's Magazine in June 1897:  another in a long series of bold, seasonally appropriate graphics by Edward Penfield, the master of American poster and graphic art.  If this looks a lot like Toulouse-Lautrec to you, you're quite right.  Penfield adapted Toulouse-Lautrec's bold approach, as well as the celebration of the simple fleeting moment found in Japanese prints. (The 1890's were a prime decade for the Western adaptation of the "new" Japanese art influence - we call that "Japonisme.")  Here's an essay on Penfield, and here's a cover I adore (it's for March - get it?).

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