A Vanishing Breed

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A few of the early advertising illustrations from the inestimable work of Bernie Fuchs, “arguably the most influential illustrator of the second half of the 20th century,” who died a few days ago.

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Inducted into the hall of fame in 1975, Fuchs was among the youngest inductees on a roster that included Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer and John James Audubon.

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A member of a vanishing generation, his death marks the passing of an era. He will be missed.

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~ by eaesthete on 09/24/09.

8 Responses to “A Vanishing Breed”

  1. He was incredible – was a master with colour – his work danced off the page…

    • And master of detail, as well. Note the sunhat banded with a scarf, sunglasses tucked in the crown, casually tossed on the bar stool in the forefront (first image). His attention to these charming little extras so perfectly enhanced the richness of his illustrations.

  2. I want to live in Fuchs world, if just for a little while. I imagine I would bump into Cyd Charisse or Audrey Hepburn. Maybe Cary Grant. If only …

  3. wonderful images, yes vanishing- I have been in the same mood with Vogue covers books, Horst, Dahl,Parkinson. G

  4. Is there such a thing as tableside service these days? Your third picture reminds me of many evenings out with my parents.

    • Dearest E,

      Your pedigree speaks for itself. I always imagined you in just this setting.

      As for table-side serving. Yes, so, it seems, as I just this morning
      reading that one of the most notable chefs in the world, a fellow named
      Simon Hopkinson, regularly dines at the Four Seasons on Park Avenue in
      New York for their classic Caesar salad made for him table-side. Naturally,
      you have to ask itself, is that done exclusively for visiting “royalty”
      or does it extend to the common folk?

  5. You are far too kind EA, the 1970’s were good to families stationed abroad. As were the exchange rates across Europe. I was fortunate enough to be along for the ride.

    I’m not at all sure that I could even secure a table at the Four Seasons!

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