Tuesday, 15 January 2013


This post is one in a series on the artists featured in the upcoming exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum, State of the Art: Illustration 100 Years After Howard Pyle. 

In the 1950s, illustration began its Great Thaw from the realistic style that had dominated the field since the days of Howard Pyle. At that time, Bernie Fuchs was a precocious young illustrator painting meticulous car ads in a commercial studio in Detroit.

Detail from Oldsmobile ad (1959)

But Fuchs had the seeds of bigger things in him, and by the mid 1960s, he was a leader of the revolution in illustration, experimenting with bold new styles.


His innovations became wildly popular and helped to set the style for the second half of the 20th century.

Fearsome Foursome

These and other original works by Fuchs will be on display at the exhibition.