Couple sharing an umbrella / Cover for Judge, October 17, 1914
Date: 1914
Medium: Watercolor on board
Dimensions: 24 1/2 × 14 1/2 in. (62.2 × 36.8 cm) sheet: 28 1/4 × 18 1/2 in. (71.8 × 47 cm)
Illustration Citation: Cover illustration for Judge magazine, October 17, 1914
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2018
Object Number: 2018-7
About: In James Montgomery Flagg's cover for the humor magazine Judge, he gave this couple a blurry appearance, as if we are seeing them through a wet window. Their enforced intimacy under the umbrella delights the man, while the woman - shrinking a little under the embrace of his large hand - seems less pleased. The published cover was colorized—probably by the magazine’s art staff—to give it a much brighter appearance. Probably an art editor thought Flagg’s more nuanced tones weren’t sufficiently eye-catching for a newsstand. Illustrators were used to such alterations by magazine design departments
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