Saturday, November 1, 2014

Art Nouveau Zebra and Girl Life Magazine Cover

Art Nouveau Zebra and Girl Life Magazine Cover
Art Nouveau Zebra and Girl Life Magazine Cover
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Vintage Zebra with Art Nouveau Woman Rider

A zebra is to ride, apparently. The woman and vintage zebra image is by W.T. Benda, a Polish-American painter, illustrator, and designer. The vintage Zebra illustration appeared on the cover of the November 1922 issue of Life Magazine. The vintage Zebra and the art nouveau woman riding him are wonderful examples of later Art Nouveau-inspired illustration. The exotic woman is wearing vintage peacock feathers in her long flowing hair, a theme we see in other Benda illustrations. The woman wears a long red dress, and a leopard-print scarf. The cute zebra looks surprised as it backs up when it sees a little Cobra snake. The dark blue background and vivid coloring make this zebra image a stunner.

About Illustrator W.T. Benda

W.T. Benda, the zebra illustrator, was a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Architectural League, and the National Society of Mural Painters in the early 1900s. W.T. Benda was a graphic artist and illustrator, working on illustrations for books, short stories, advertising copy, and magazine covers for the major magazines such as Collier's, McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Life Magazine. Benda was known for an exotic look to his creations, and was sought after for his style.

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