Portrait of a Young Woman Reading. Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960). Oil on canvas.
Cornwell was known as the ‘Dean of Illustrators.’ He created over 1,000 illustrations for poems, stories, and novels, including works by Pearl Buck, Ernest Hemingway, and Somerset Maugham. His illustrations appeared in serialized fiction and magazines such a Red Book and the Saturday Evening Post, as well as in major newspapers and in the Hearst Publications. He illustrated advertisements for blue chip companies such as Seagrams, Coca-Cola and General Motors, and created patriotic posters during the Second World War.
Described as “A Painter who Illustrates and an Illustrator who Paints,” Cornwell believed in the fusion of fine and commercial art.