JC Leyendecker Show

Happy New Year! A little bird tells me 2007 will be a very good year. :)

I recently saw a very rare showing of JC Leyendecker originals at the Haggis Museum in Stockton, California. JC Leyendecker was a protege of John H. Vanderpoel,who taught at the famed Chicago Art Institute in the late 1800's. I was interested in this drawing in particular because the influence is quite clear. The way the shadows meld together in one or two values and yet the eye sees all the forms of the subjects. This kind of drawing gets me every time, no matter what the subject.

Sorry for the glare and bad photography.

sorry for the blur on the photo below...

Just beautiful. The drawing is all in the shadow patterns. How can an artist not appreciate the beauty of this kind of drawing?


Joe M. said...

the artist cannot not appreciate the beauty of this kind of drawing lest he not be an artist or even an observer of beauty...


have a great new year JULES!!! and happy belated b-day!!!

Julia Lundman Midlock (Julie) said...


Thanks Joe! I hope you had a fun New Year's Eve! My birthday was fun this year, too - of course last year's was fun as well! :)

kevin said...

Hey Julie - Definitely see Vanderpoel's influence just like in that little Vanderpoel book I bought so long ago while going to the Academy.

How's the arm doing?

Julia Lundman Midlock (Julie) said...

Hi there Kevin! Yeah, that's the book. Vanderpoel taught Leyendecker, both in Chicago. I can really tell in this drawing in particular.

Arm is healed! Just a few more weeks of physical therapy and it's back to kickboxing...hahahaha