|Bernie Fuchs and his wife Anna Lee (known to all as Babe) in front of their new house|
The 60s brought revolutions in art, music and literature. Assassinations, political unrest over civil rights, women's rights and the Vietnam War created great volatility and ferment. A handful of illustrators sensed the new creative possibilities and were quick to jump the fence.
Illustrations that were merely representational in the 1950s exploded with energy in the 1960s:
|Left side by an unknown artist in 1956, right side by Fuchs in 1961. See my earlier post comparing such images.|
Bold new leaders and radical political trends inspired bold new graphic treatments:
|Martin Luther King done with an abstract expressionist's flair|
|An impressionistic treatment matched the youth and vigor of John F. Kennedy|
Illustrators took unprecedented liberties, leading public taste rather than catering to it:
Not only did illustration look different at the end of the 60s, but so did illustrators.
|Compare the fresh faced kid at the top of this post with the hippie version of Bernie Fuchs|
If the city of Westport had a lick of sense, they'd put a bronze plaque on the studio rather than demolishing it .