Artist Research: Jessie Willcox Smith

Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) was an American illustrator who is famous for her work in several children books and the Ladies Home Magazines She was also a student of Howard Pyle and considered the most gifted of all his students.  Her work was considered very mature for her age.  Smith’s art didn’t resemble her teachers, but of several poster artists such as Edward Penfield and Toulousen Lactrec.  Her art style resembles those of Art Nouvea and the Art and Crafts movement.  Smith’s use of the styles inspired a school of followers.  Her illustrations often depicted moments of childhood such as fear of the dark or playing with blocks.  Smith’s portrayal of children changed the American culture.

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