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Riesenberg, Sidney H

Entry updated 26 June 2017. Tagged: Artist.

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(1885-1971) US art curator, painter and illustrator, active mainly in the latter capacity from around 1905, his first work of genre interest being the cover for Harry Lincoln Sayler's The Airship Boys in the Barren Lands (1910), the first of several he executed for the Airship Boys series. During the later years of World War One, Riesenberg concentrated on poster art, mainly for the United States Marine Corps; some images became well-known. After the War, he gradually shifted his interest to painting, most being New England landscapes, though he produced some work for Pulp magazines, including the first issue of Thrill Book (1 March 1919), and also for Slick journals like The Saturday Evening Post. His conception of Irving Crump's Og, for the November 1934 cover of Boys' Life, was defining. His later work as an illustrator, often on Western themes, was relatively unambitious, but his early Airship Boys covers, most of them showing advanced Airships geometrically backlit by a huge moon, were expert and exhilarating. [JC]

Sidney Harry Riesenberg

born Chicago, Illinois: 12 December 1885

died Cambridge, Massachusetts: 1 October 1971

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