Rare, beautifully framed 1910 Collier's cover by Robert Wildhack
by Robert Wildhack
for the December 17, 1910 issue
RJW was born in Illinois, but grew up in Indiana. He moved to New York in 1901 where he spent a year studying art with Robert Henri at the Chase School of Art. His classmates there included Glenn O. Coleman, Walter Jack Duncan, Rockwell Kent, Coles Phillips, and Edward Hopper.
He eventually found work at one the city's advertising agencies. While there, his work caught the eye McClure’s editor, who commissioned him to do his first cover illustrations. During his career, he produced cover and story illustrations for most of the popular magazines of the time, including McClure's, Success, The Century, Scribner's, Life, and Collier's.
Like other of his contemporaries, RJW was influenced by the changing trends in Fine Arts during the late-19th and early-20th centuries. His use of flat color fields and minimalist lines reflect his interest in artistic design, which was gaining in popularity in the pre-war years.