Władysław Teodor "W.T." Benda
(January 15, 1873, Poland- November 30, 1948,
Newark, New Jersey)
He was a Polish-American painter, illustrator,
and designer.Starting in 1905, Benda was primarily
a graphic artist. He illustrated books,
short stories, advertising copy, and magazine covers
for Collier's, McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal,
Good Housekeeping, Theatre Magazine and many others.
Many publishers regarded Benda as their go-to
artist for his dependability and artistic abilities.
In his time he was as well known as
Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth or Maxfield Parrish.
During the 1920s/1930s every publication sought
the look of "the American Girl," but Benda's beautiful
women were often exotic and mysterious, not
homespun pretty like the girls of Harrison
Fisher or Howard Chandler Christy.
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3 september 2010