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ARTISTS / Daugherty, James

American 1887-1974
During WWI, Daugherty designed posters and billboards for the Division of Pictorial Publicity of the Committee on Public Information. Daugherty contemplated Walt Whitman's poems of America's greatness for the inspiration to design these posters. The muscular figures and heroic male nudes from Daugherty's synchromist period are inspired by the heroic American serviceman, a living embodiment of the romantic individual Daugherty envisioned. He was a prolific illustrator of books and magazines, including early covers of The New Yorker magazine. Dougherty was also well known as a muralist and executed a number of public commissions, some under the auspices of the WPA.

For extensive information on James H. Dougherty, we recommend the excellent article entitled, "Heroic America: James Daugherty's Mural Drawings from the 1930s," by Rebecca E. Lawton, reprinted from illustrated exhibition catalogue of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, published in 1998. The catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition of the same name, held at the Art Center April 3 through June 7, 1998.

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See: http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/5aa/5aa363.htm

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