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 Robert Bernard Robinson  (1886 - 1952)

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Lived/Active: New York/Pennsylvania      Known for: magazine illustration

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BIOGRAPHY for Robert Robinson
1886 (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)
1952 (Douglaston, Long Island, New York)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
MOTOR The Cover Art Of Robert Robinson Exhibit
Posted by Wizzard Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, December 29-January 31, 2009

Robert Robinson, American illustrator and originator of the Saturday Evening Post's "Slice of Life" style of cover art (later popularized by Norman Rockwell), shared his talents with the Hearst Corporation and their MOTOR MAGAZINE monthly publication from 1926 to 1952.

Targeted at the service station and garage trade, Mr. Robinson's covers featured all types of motoring maladies experienced by everyone from dowdy matrons to pouty pin-ups, bawdy mechanics to rowdy motorcyclists, and cute kids emulating their parents' problems. Escaping the mechanical malaise was also a reoccurring theme in the artist's work.

With the onset of World War II many of the covers showed a decidedly patriotic air as America mobilized its efforts. From the home front to the battle front, Robinson found relevance to his market in the activities of families and soldiers alike.

A cross section of all of Robert Robinson's MOTOR MAGAZINE covers is featured in this exhibit with special emphasis on his two favorite two+ wheelers and the war years.
TAKE BACK THE STREETS Art Initiative would like to take the occasion of the opening of this show to recognize and remember 46 years of honest business at Al's Full Service gas station (Al's DX, Al's Sunoco, Al's Citgo, Al's Amoco, Al's BP) 1963-2009.


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Regarded as a ground breaking illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, Robert Robinson was a key person in working out the possibilities of narrative and humor. Like his peers Charles MacLellan and Leslie Thrasher, he was influenced by Joseph Leyendecker and featured comic situations with young boys and old men. With these depictions, women and little girls came to represent sentimentality.

Robinson's typical work focused on rural men, old "geezer" types.  Some of them had a story telling aspect such as the "Post" cover of November 26, 1910 with an old man at a stove reading an election poster.

Jan Cohn, Covers of the Saturday Evening Post

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