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Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951)
Property from a Distinguished Gentleman
Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951)

Spring--Apollo and Animals

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Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951)
Spring--Apollo and Animals
signed with initials in monogram 'JCL' (lower right)
oil on canvas
28 1/8 x 21 1/8 in. (71.4 x 53.7 cm.)
(2)Painted in 1929.
Provenance
Phillips, New York, 2 April 1981, lot 102.
Shepherd Gallery, New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1987.
Literature
The Saturday Evening Post, March 30, 1929, cover illustration.
L.S. Cutler, J.G. Cutler, J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist, New York, 2008, pp. 148-49, illustrated.

Lot Essay

"With the public anxiously awaiting each holiday number of the Post, the editors selfishly but cleverly recognized that they could increase circulation even further if there were more of them to celebrate. They pushed the government via editorials to declare even more holidays, but with employers rebelling, both politicians and the public realized that there had to be a limit. Obviously, while the Post tried, it could not invent holidays, so when J.C. Leyendecker suggested painting the four seasons, the editors seized onto the idea. And so Leyendecker provided the magazine with another four record-breaking issues during the course of every year." (L.S. Cutler, J.G. Cutler, J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist, New York, 2008, p. 207)

The present work was published as the cover illustration of the March 30th, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Please note the present lot includes a copy of this cover.

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