Saturday, September 29, 2007

Richard Erdoes magazine illustration, 1957

I came across this full-page illustration in a '57 issue of LIFE Magazine, acompanying an article about the innovations and possibilities of recording tape.

I was struck by artist Richard Erdoes familiar and charming style, as well as the happy and only slightly off-target prescience of the images...

(click on image to ENLARGE on a new page)

"Present and future uses of tape ranges from simple home recordings (top strip) to complex operation of push-button households (bottom)."

In casting about for further examples of Erdoes' work, I was pleased and not at all surprised to discover that there has been at least a small bit of further discussion online: (click on links)

Some images from the 1954 book Jokes, Jokes, Jokes appeared a couple of months back at
Mike Lynch's site (Found via Drawn!), which in turn yielded a link to some 1960's color book illustrations posted at flickr by Eric Sturdevant.

What can be gleaned about Erdoes' from these links is that he supplied many illustrations to LIFE in the fifties, and by the sixties produced artwork for several children's books.

Is there anyone reading this who can share further info about this artist, or point us all to further examples of his work? If so, please drop a line or leave a comment on this post. Much obliged!

ADDENDUM, 4/6/08: Thanks to Sami (see comments) for sharing the discovery of an Erdoes LP cover.

It's the 1953 'studio cast' recording of Rodgers & Hart's 'The Boys From Syracuse'.

Googling about I found a clearer image of the album art.
Agreed, Sami, very Flora-esque!

ADDENDUM, 5/3/10: Thanks to Ariel S. Winter (see comments) for providing a link to his
Flickr sets, including plenty of Erdoes illos!


Anonymous said...

I found today an old Lp called "the boys from syracuse" that has Erdoes' sleeve artwork. Quite similiar to Jim Flora stuff I think.

Anonymous said...

Here's image of the Erdoes LP art. I hope the link works..

Anonymous said...

Hey there!

Richard Erdoes actually went on to a successful literary career. He became interested in the American Indian civil rights movement and in American Indian spiritual revitilization, and documented the stand-off at Wounded Knee in 1973. He was involved in the legal defense of a number of prominent American Indian activists, including Dennis Banks. In the eighties and nineties, he published a number of books about the Crow Dog family, a family of Lakota spiritual leaders; he also published a number of children's books and cassette tape sets in the early 80s focused on Pueblo communities, but these mainly feature his photography. His papers are at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. The archive includes one of his children's books, "The Green Tree House" which he illustrated and published in 1965. Erdoes worked as a freelance illustrator and photographer for LIFE, American Heritage, and other magazines in New York in the 50s and 60s, along with his wife Jean.

Erdoes studed at the Art Academies in Berlin, Vienna and Paris and worked as a cartoonist in Austria until the Nazis invaded. He fled to Paris and London, eventually ending up in the United States where he continued his early illustration career and met his wife. He apparently painted murals for the Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia (are they still there?)...

Anonymous said...

I have known Richard Erdoes all my life, since the first grade when I became friends with his daughter Jaki and her amazing, different, vital family. I am sad to report here that "Papa" Erdoes passed away last week at the age of 96. A great loss to the art world, the literary world, and the Native American people.

Ariel S. Winter said...

I'm a huge Erdoes fan and have posted many scans from Erdoes's childrens books as Flickr sets:

I have also blogged about him on my blog:


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