Patterson, Russell

Cartoonist, illustrator-promoter of the Jazz Age “flapper”, Broadway & Hollywood costume and scenic designer

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(1893-1977) Prolific American cartoonist, illustrator and scenic designer, his art deco magazine illustrations helped promote the idea of the 1920s-30s fashion style known as “the flapper”. His family left his hometown of Omaha and settled in Montreal when he was a boy. He became a cartoonist for some Montreal newspapers, contributing “Pierre et Pierrette” to La Patrie. At the start of WW I, he moved to Chicago to become a catalog illustrator and intermittently attended the Art Institute of Chicago 1916-19. Patterson distributed a mail-order art instruction course, "The Last Word in Humorous Illustrations" 1922-25. In 1925, in New York City, Patterson turned toward illustration. Drawing on his experience sketching beautiful women in Paris, he began adorning covers and interiors for magazines like “College Humor” and “Judge”, and later “Life” and “Ballyhoo” with his vivacious flappers. He became a celebrity at a time when leading graphic artists were as famous as movie stars. His ubiquitous version of modern Jazz Age women graced the covers and interior pages of The Saturday Evening Post, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Redbook and Photoplay, among other magazines. His "Patterson Girl" was brazen yet innocent and women of the time turned to Patterson's work to follow trends in clothing, jewelry and cosmetics. He also worked on Broadway in various creative capacities: “The Gang's All Here” (1931) as costume designer; “Ballyhoo of 1932” as director, costume & scenic designer; “Hold Your Horses” (1933) as costume & scenic designer; “Fools Rush In” (1934) as scenic designer; “Ziegfeld Follies of 1934” as costume designer; and “George White's Scandals” (1936) as scenic designer. In Hollywood, he playing himself in, and created lifelike dolls he called "Personettes" for, the film “Artists and Models” (4 other cartoonists inc. Rube Goldberg also appeared). Patterson was art director on “Stand Up and Cheer!” (1934), and designed costumes and dance sets for “Bottoms Up” (1934). He also designed scenes and costumes for other films such as “Give Me a Sailor “(1938). In 1929 he began illustrating Sunday newspaper magazine cover series for the Hearst chain. Among the series was "Runaway Ruth" (1929) and "Wings of Love" (1929-30). Each ran for several months, and Patterson produced them semi-regularly until 1933.He returned to the newspaper in the 40s. He collaborated with Carolyn Wells on several series for the American Weekly Hearst Sunday magazine, all featuring Flossy Frills. From 1942-46 he produced "Pin-Up Girls," a Sunday and daily panel cartoon series for Hearst's King Features Syndicate. In 1951, Patterson created “Mamie”, a Sunday page for United Feature Syndicate, part of a revival of the glamorous "dumb blonde" in comics, movies and on the stage. He added a panel of paper dolls to many of these Sunday comics and it ran until 1956 on the strength of Patterson's art and fashion-sense. During the 1960s, arthritis limited his ability to draw and he began mentoring younger artists as a faculty member of the National Institute of Art and Design. Patterson judged 1927-45 Miss America contests and 1960-63 Miss Universe pageants. He contributed ideas in the early 40s for the uniform of the fledgling Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. He was President of the National Cartoonist Society 1952-53, and received the 1957 National Cartoonists Society's Advertising and Illustration Award and the 1974 Elzie Segar Award. ISP, 9 ½ x 7 ½ sepia flat finish photographic reproduction of a sketched bust portrait of Patterson by James Montgomery Flagg, inscribed & signed by Patterson.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Portrait






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