Art of the Cover features original paintings printed on the cover of some of the most important American publications of the 20th century, from magazines like The Saturday Evening Post and Popular Magazine to E.B. White’s classic children’s novel Charlotte’s Web. Executed during the Golden Age of Illustration, these works helped to establish artists such as Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and J.C. Leyendecker as household names. Popular cover paintings by illustrators, including Philip Goodwin, Jessie Willcox Smith, Richard Sargent and George Hughes, became key to creating a visual narrative of modern American life. Their art provided hope and humour in the midst of some of the best and worst times in our nation’s history and continues to inspire a similar spirit amidst the uncertainty of today’s world.
Works featured are currently available via Christie’s Private Sales. Please enquire with a specialist for more details.
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Explore our Art of the Cover virtual exhibition featuring original paintings printed on some of the most important American publications of the 20th century. All works are available for immediate purchase. For further information on these works, please contact our specialist.
19 May – 19 June
Tel: +1 212 707 5938
During the first half of the 20th century — the golden age of American illustration — artists such as Rockwell and Wyeth helped to define a nation's identity
The New England artist’s uplifting images of America are more nuanced than is often understood. Illustrated with works offered in American Art in New York
Christie’s American Art department expertly matches buyers with sellers, leveraging our knowledge of the genre and access to the world’s most active collectors to achieve superlative results. We invite you to contact us for confidential valuations or to discuss a private sale strategy. To browse a selection of works available for purchase today, see our viewing room.