Frank X. Leyendecker (1877-1924)The Critical Veteran
signed "F X Leyendecker" lower left
oil on canvas, 36 by 30 in.
This work is No. 4 in the American Sportsmen Series painted for Remington UMC by F.X. Leyendecker. True to the period, a rig of Mason decoys is seen in the boat behind the gunner. It was created for a Remington Arms advertisement, which appeared in a vigorous campaign in many sporting magazines in October 1919, including “Forest and Stream” and “The Saturday Evening Post,” among others.
The text of the ad reads, “Practical tests by both the Navy and the Army proved that the ‘Wetproof’ shells are equal in every respect to the more costly brass shells, and in some ways even superior. Remington UMC Wetproofs are the only shells waterproofed at crimp and top wad. They will give the same highly satisfactory all-weather service as your modern Remington UMC Autoloading or Pump Gun.”
It continues, “No one is more acute in appraising the true value of service to shooters than the veteran sportsman who as a businessman keeps abreast of the times and handles large affairs. And nothing is more significant than the clean cut superiority of Remington UMC than its large patronage of such widely experienced, progressive and somewhat exacting men.”
The artist, Frank Leyendecker, was born in Germany and moved to Chicago with his family when he was four years old. He was apprenticed to a stained glass maker before attending the Art Institute of Chicago and the Academie Julian in Paris. He shared a studio with his brother, Joseph, in Chicago and then New York. After a successful career as a painter and illustrator for popular magazines and advertising, the artist died in New Rochelle at only forty-six years of age.
This work comes with the October 18, 1919, "Saturday Evening Post" Remington UMC ad featuring "The Critical Veteran."
Provenance: Private Collection, Massachusetts
Literature: “The Saturday Evening Post,” October 18, 1919, p. 176, illustrated.
“Sunset, the Pacific Monthly,” Volume 43, No. 4, October 1919, p. 72, illustrated.
“Forest and Stream,” Volume LXXXIX, No. 10, October, 1919, p. 560, illustrated.
“Outing,” Volume LXXV, No. 1, October 1919, p. 51, illustrated.
“Outers’ Recreation,” Volume LXI, No. 4, October 1919, p. 307, illustrated.
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