Illustration and the Influence of Social Change Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the history of illustration from the 1850s to the present day.
# 151489 | 2,850 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Art (History) , History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present) , History (U.S. 1900-1930)

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The paper looks at early works from 1859-1900 that portray Indians and cowboys and the Civil War and examines the magazines in 1900-1910, the role of illustrators in the war effort in 1910-1920, the Roaring Twenties when illustrators were quick to flaunt America's riches, the Depression, World War II and its relief and the subsequent drop in work due to the television. The paper then traces how illustrators have evolved and developed from 1960 until the invention of the computer. The paper notes that today, illustrators find work in video games, advertising and the movies, and they continue to represent society in their art.

Early Works (1859-1900)
The Golden Age of Illustration (1900-1910)
Recruiting and Americanism (1910-1920)
The Roaring Twenties (1920-1930)
Starving Artists, Starving Everywhere (1930-1940)
World War II and Relief (1940-1950)
Rise of the Atomic Age (1950-1960)
Man on the Moon and Vietnam (1960-1970)
The New Social Awareness (1970-1980)
Social Concerns and A Look Back (1980-1990)
A New Market (1990-2000)

From the Paper:

"The US Civil was a time great upheaval and change on many levels of society. The Civil War shook the very core of American society. It meant the end of many old ideals, such as slavery, and brought the introduction of new ones, such as equality and justice for all. The Civil War meant the end of the plantation and the rise of the industrial age. The need for illustrators increased as the public needed records of the events that took place. Illustrators provided and important part of the war record with their scenes of battles, defeats, victories, and political and military leaders (Reed and Reed 2008, 2). Photography was still a new technology and many illustrators still relied on engraving to record the events of this early era (Reed and Reed 2008, 2).
"Illustrators such as Frederick Sackrider Remington gave America a view of the main cast of characters that made up the era. His subjects included soldiers, Indians, and cowboys in action poses. This famous picture of the Uprising of the Yaqui Indians - Yaqui Warriors in Retreat is an excellent example of his work. However, this is atypical in that it is in black and white. Much of Remington's work was in realistic color. However, this picture still captures many of the other elements of his style."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Crow, T. 2006. The Practice of Art History in America. Daedalus. 135, no. 2. Questia Database.
  • "Jesse Wilcox Smith" 2000.
  • Reed, Walter and Reed, Roger. 2008. The History of Illustration. Society of Illustrators. Online.
  • Murphy, J. 2007. Making Virtual Art Present. Afterimage. 35, no. 2. Questia Database.
  • Prudhoe, C. 2003. Picture Books and the Art of Collage. Childhood Education. 80, no. 1. Questia Database.

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