Thursday, June 01, 2006

On the Cover of the Reader's Digest

The wrap-around covers of Reader's Digest often featured illustrations of bucolic scenes from a simpler time in America. For these scenes, RD's editors commissioned such well established old school painters like John Pike, James Milton Sessions and Warren Baumgartner (below).

Baumgartner must have been particularly pleased to receive this assignment. In his book Illustrator in America, Walt Reed tell us that Baumgartner had a life-long love of fishing.

Like many of Reader's Digest's cover artists, Baumgartner was an accomplished water colourist. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators, the American watercolour Society, the National Academy of Design and the Salmagundi Club of New York.


  1. Love the colors. It's a nice decision to allow that green to dominate, and it really makes for a nice magazine cover, too.

  2. I'll have more work by Baumgartner to show you in the near future, tom!

  3. Anonymous10:07 AM

    That magazine used to have great articles, I remember reading Reader's, my dad used to have a lot of them from 1930's or so, I did not care about TV.