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The Watcher

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Maxwell Whitmore

Maxwell Whitmore

Maxwell “Coby” Whitmore was a commercial artist from Dayton, Ohio, who enjoyed a long and productive career as an illustrator and painter. His illustrations appeared on the covers of publications including The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. He contributed illustrations to many national and international ad campaigns as well.

His pinups, while undeniably sexy, also all seem to have a backstory, which sets them apart from the subjects of the likes of Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren (both artists I adore). And as good as his pinups and glamour illustrations are, it’s his depictions of relationships with which I’m most impressed. Unlike Norman Rockwell and other nationally-known illustrators of the time whose work centered mainly around wholesome, happy people, the relationships he painted seem more complicated and gritty and real. The man must have been one hell of an observer of human behavior. I imagine him spending endless hours just watching people, but I’m glad he did. He certainly turned his observations into something beautiful!

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

16 thoughts on “The Watcher

  1. I’m a fan of Whitmore too (I’m also a massive Rockwell fan) and I think what I love most about his artwork is that he finds the balance between his subjects being in a pose while also looking realistic, like a snapshot has just been taken. I also find his choice of composition to be engaging and often dynamic, things like focal figures placed off centre or the use of negative space.

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  2. You mentioned that these pictures had a backstory. I completely agree. Additionally, I think for some of them, they also have a future story.
    They definitely have a sense of style.

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  3. Thanks for the post. I learn something new from your posts daily.

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  4. Lovely work. (My fave is the last one with the 3 children running into their parent’s room.)

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  5. Interesting. I hadn’t seen any of his work before. First impression was, what dominant figures the women are. (I’m not complaining.)

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  6. Snowshoeing in heels! Now that’s an alternate reality that needs a backstory. His work is full of emotion; I love the one of the woman sizing up the book title while the man removes his cuff links. Thanks for showing his work.

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