Thursday, January 10, 2013
Civilization's Progress by John Held Jr.
Held produced the series for Liberty magazine about 1931-33 as best I can determine. In the series he combined his much-loved roaring-'20s flapper style with the woodcut style that he seemed to enjoy producing. I have to say I never really warmed up to Held's woodcut stuff, as technically interesting as it is. However, in this series I do love how the two styles complement each other.
As for the woodcuts, I enjoy the New Yorker ones with their far more eccentric (and funny) references and text.