Eric

Born in Joliet, Illinois, Carl Erickson (1891-1958) signed his drawings “Eric.” He married Lee Creelman, a staff illustrator at Vogue, eventually far surpassing her reputation. When the Society of Illustrators inducted him into its Hall of Fame, their citation read in part, “the famous designers, Mainbocher, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Dior and Yves St. Laurent vied to have Eric draw their fashions. He recorded them with keen observation of essential detail and with distinction, style and grace. He portrayed the great and the near great of the period – Gertrude Stein, Colette, Edith Piaf, Toscanini and Franklin Roosevelt. He drew them all with a discerning eye, recognizing the revealing features that denoted their character.”

ERIC (CARL ERICKSON), 1927, Wash

ERIC (CARL ERICKSON), 1927, Wash

ERIC (CARL ERICKSON), 1928, Wash

ERIC (CARL ERICKSON), 1944, Watercolor

ERIC (CARL ERICKSON), 1950s, Watercolor