"Thus the Frontier Vanished"

An apt title not only for the article shown above, but also for the time and place in which illustrators like Thomas Vroman worked. Stylized illustration of the sort Vroman pioneered is so common today, its hard to remember how singularly unique it was at a time when ninety-nine percent of all printed illustration was based on realistic representation.

With the arrival of artists like Vroman, Jan Balet, and others in the mid-fifties, the frontier of contemporary, stylized, decorative illustration vanished.

Next week: A look at one of my favourite, intriguingly mysterious illustrators: the artist who signed his work "Lucia".

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