Here is very rare original signed published illustration art from pulp artist. Bracker was a prominent magazine and advertising illustrator who was well known for his war poster designs.This illustration was for the 1914 novel With The Best Intention by Bruno Lessing (see below information on this author including his connection to early comics history). On the back is a shadow/imprint from another Bracker illustration. Bracker was born on October 28, 1885 in Cleveland, Ohio.
As a child, he was interested in art and at fifteen, he was director of a little neighborhood art school Boys and girls were invited to his home where he taught them, and once a week prizes were given for honor work. The Cleveland School of Art awarded him a scholarship at the age of fifteen. He graduated quickly and went to New York to attend the Art Students League. He was shortly made the youngest member on the board of control; a significant honor for a young artist.After graduation, he joined an advertising agency. After seven months he was discharged as he didnt seem to fit in. After a period of introspection, he decided to create a portfolio of samples and made the round of magazine art directors.
He broke through to the slicks with an appearance in Colliers Magazine in 1907, illustrating F. Marion Crawfords The Screaming Skull, a horror story. In 1910, he did the cover for the first issue of Adventure magazine, illustrating the story Yellow Men and Gold, by Governeur Morris. The original painting has survived and was recently restored.After a few years, Bracker was approached by an advertising agent, a man who wanted him to do a series of illustrations for a campaign. Before and during World War 1, he did posters for the War raising funds for Near East Relief, War Bonds and Liberty Bonds. Keep Em Smiling was his most famous poster, done for the War Camp Community Service, an organization dedicated to improving morale of soldiers by providing them entertainment avenues. He used a model for every character he depicted and didnt depend on studio models, instead going out and digging up his own models.
In most instances, the models had never posed earlier. If he needed to draw a longshoreman, he persuaded a real longshoreman to pose in the studio. He generally worked with pencil or crayon or charcoal on paper. His studio on the top floor of 644 West Riverside Drive, New York was well stocked with many historical costumes and collecting of rare and valuable antiques.
They were often used in connection with stories, or advertising illustrations. On August 26, 1937, while on a picnic with his wife and daughter he slipped, hit his head on a stone and drowned in about 4 feet of water, in Rye, New Hampshire. Rudolph Edgar Block (1870 1940) was a Jewish American journalist, columnist, and author.Much of his writing was done under the pen name of Bruno Lessing. Rudolph Block began his career as a journalist in 1888. He worked first as a news reporter on The New York Sun and later joined The New York World. In 1896 he became the editor of the comic supplements to the Hearst newspapers, a position he held for the next twenty-eight years. During his tenure he supplied text for The Yellow Kid and helped to create such popular series as Happy Hooligan and The Katzenjammer Kids. As Bruno Lessing his short stories chronicled life in the Jewish ghetto of New York City.
Between 1905 and 1909 many of these tales were published by Cosmopolitan, which at that time was a literary magazine. During the years 1915 1916 he also wrote a number of screenplays depicting the Jewish American experience.
An avid traveler, Block wrote about his experiences in the daily newspaper column "Vagabondia", which was published from 1928 through 1939. Along the way he amassed a collection of 1,400 walking sticks, although he himself walked unaided. After his death, the collection of canes, each made from a unique type of wood, was donated to Yale University. The item "Original Published Illustration Art Pulp Artist M.Leone Bracker Adventure Mag" is in sale since Monday, November 19, 2018. This item is in the category "Art\Art Drawings". The seller is "pengang" and is located in Marietta, Georgia.
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