It won’t be a lie if I say that Vogue for at least a century has been one of the most influential magazines in the world. So it’s not surprise that Vogue covers has been created by some of the greatest modern artists. Even recently the cover with Jennifer Lawrence of the September 2017 issue has been painted by John Currin.
Below, take a look at some enthralling magazine covers by Dali, Warhol and other famous fine artists. Even Matisse made an appearance as a backdrop and while not his design Marcel Duchamp’s The Large Glass sculpture appeared as a prop with his blessing.
1. Ethel Wright, Nov. 1902
Wright was a Victorian-era painter, who throughout her career exhibited a total of 39 works at London’s Royal Academy between 1888 and 1929. Contemporary art periodicals reveal that Wright enjoyed modest success as a fashionable ‘lady artist’ in the 1880s and 90s. She was also known for her paintings of pierrots. Wright’s work was more often presented or critiqued in the context of ‘women’s work’. Frustration with the limitations imposed on women’s artistic output and ambition may have led Wright to the suffrage movement.
2. J. Allen St. John, March 1909
Chicago-born artist St. John, is best known for being the illustrator of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels. His first published illustrations were for The New York Herald in 1898, where he continued to work for several years. This exposure led to illustrating several novels. By 1902 at age thirty he was an established illustrator, landscape painter, and portrait artist in NYC.
3. Eduardo García Benito, Sept. 1926
Art Deco artist, Benito, was a contracted illustrator at Vogue throughout the ’20s and ’30s. This master of illustration during the Art Deco period, went to Paris at the age of 19, where he established himself as a fashion artist. His style is reminiscent of the Cubist paintings of Picasso & the sculptures of Brancusi & Modigliani.
4. George Lepape, Feb. 1929
French artist Lepape, illustrated eight covers for Vogue in 1929. His illustrations show some thin and long-limbed feminine silhouettes, whose head are wrapped into turbans. During that time, he started collaborating with La Gazette du bon ton. Georges Lepape created many sketches for some important houses of fashion, such as Lanvin, Worth and Doucet, and he created the cover pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and the first British edition of Vogue; he also worked for many years with the American edition of Condé Nast.
5. André E. Marty, Aug. 1930
Along with Vogue, Parisian artist Marty, regularly contributed illustrations to publications like: Harper’s Bazaar, Le Sourire, Fémina, and the prestigious, Gazette du Bon Ton. He also illustrated numerous books and designed advertisements and theatre posters (including a number of famous ones for the Ballets russes and the Théâtre National de l’Opéra in 1910). In the 1930s Marty worked as a costume and set designer for the theatre, cinema and ballet. Later he also produced designs for enamel vases, plates and jewellery.
6. Carl Erickson, Feb. 1935
Erickson was a top fashion illustrator for over 35 years. In 1916 Eric made his debut in Vogue magazine and by 1925 he was a regular artist on the magazine. He married Lee Creelman, a successful staff illustrator at Vogue, with whom he had one daughter, Charlotte. Eric dominated the field of fashion illustration for over thirty five years, creating fashion illustrations and drawing society portraits.
Back in New York he continued to work for Vogue, became a heavy drinker and slipped into alcoholism.
7. Salvador Dalí, June 1939
The iconic surrealist painter contributed paintings and illustrations to the magazine from the 1930s to the 1970s. Well, what more should I say about Dali 🙂
Salvador Dalí, April 1944
Salvador Dalí, Dec. 1946
Salvador Dalí, Dec. 1971
8. René Gruau, March 1956
Gruau was world renowned fashion illustrator, whose work has appeared in prestigious museums all over the world, including the Louvre. Born Count Renato Zavagli-Riccardelli in Rimini, Italy in 1909 his father was an Italian aristocrat and his mother, whose last name he adopted, was a French Socialite. He moved to Paris in 1924 and commenced his career as a fashion illustrator. In the 30s he began to sketch for Parisian magazines and newspapers such as Femina and Le Figaro and soon began working with high style magazines such as Marie-Claire and L’Officiel.
Gruau, June/July 1985
9. Erwin Blumenfeld, Jan. 1950
Blumenfeld was not only a well-regarded fashion photographer, but, is considered an early innovator, mixing photography with Dadaism. He is also well known for his black-and-white nudes. In the 1930s, he published collages mocking Adolf Hitler. In 1936, he emigrated to Paris. With the German occupation, he was interned in a concentration camp in 1940 because he was Jewish. In 1941, he somehow made his way to the United States. In the 1940s and 1950s he became very famous for his fashion photography, working for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and also for artistic nude photography.
A Gruau illustration over Blumenfeld photo, April 1945
10. Joan Miró, Dec. 1979
Miró was a world-renowned Surrealist artist. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an “assassination of painting” in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.
11. Vogue cover with Matisse at the back
12. Vogue cover featuring Duchamp sculpture, 1945
13. Andy Warhol, Dec./Jan 1984
This is one of the most famous Vogue covers – on which Andy Warhol featured an image of Caroline of Monaco.
14. John Currin, Sept. 2017
John Currin (born 1962) is an American painter based in New York City. He is best known for satirical figurative paintings which deal with provocative sexual and social themes in a technically skillful manner. His work shows a wide range of influences, including sources as diverse as the Renaissance, popular culture magazines, and contemporary fashion models. He often distorts or exaggerates the erotic forms of the female body.