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J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist

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One of the most prolific and successful artists of the Golden Age of American Illustration, J. C. Leyendecker captivated audiences throughout the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 1.000

SHAMEFUL OVERSIGHT - Phony Painting on ppg. 98-99

by TomSchacks on Oct 23, 2008

ONE STAR rating because I am unable to enter a ?0? - Here?s why: I acknowledge that this additional compilation showcasing Leyendecker's abilities and genius is long overdue. Michael Schau's book of almost 35 years ago was limited in many areas. But after waiting so many years, why would the authors produce a book with obvious counterfeit works? The most glaring example is found on page 98-99 - where a reader is exposed to a 2-page reproduction of a painting - supposedly done for the Arrow Company. This should be an amazing centerpiece - especially since JCL was so instrumental in creating Arrow's popularity. Many people associate Leyendecker with creating the "great Gatsby look" and developing the image of the ideal man. Unfortunately, a viewer is smacked with a COUNTERFEIT - a Leyendecker forgery. This is not the painting that Leyendecker created for Arrow Collars! In fact, it is only a 2nd-rate knock-off. Many readers might not recognize that fact but the original Arrow Collar advertisements do not lie. 100% FAKE! Do the authors not know the difference? How were the pictures chosen for this book? Aren?t the authors also dealers and sellers of Leyendecker?s original paintings? Why would the Cutlers include phony paintings in the highly anticipated authoritative work on Leyendecker? Maybe the Cutlers only wrote the biographical part of this book. Attention purchasers! There is so much innuendo and fiction in the reading, it is hard for a person to de-code what is real and what is totally fabricated. Only 12 footnotes for a biographical work of this scope? The authors have contrived details where there weren't any. They have concocted stories from the inaccurate details. If you want to buy the book, do it because you love the work of J. C. Leyendecker. The quality of the pictures is better than anything published yet - but the rambling paragraphs are sometimes a joke - especially the paragraph about Charles Beach tending to Leyendecker when he collapsed from a heart attack. Do the authors expect any reader to accept the details of that event as fact? C'mon! Please Mr. & Mrs Cutler, don't insult your readers - the people that eagerly paid almost $50-dollars for a book that reads as one big April-Fool's joke! Save your money - Who wants to see counterfeit copies of Leyendecker?s works? I feel like I should be given a rebate - or refund. Authors should stick to what they know as fact - don't make up details when they aren't available. Omissions are understandable - but this book shouldn't be regarded as fiction.

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