Random Inspiration: Charles Edward Chambers (1883-1941)by Matthew Innis |
Having had all of art history veritably at my fingertips for so long now, I had supposed I would have known all of the greats in 20th century American illustration. But standing in a small gallery in New York City, surrounded by three exceptional pre-World War II pictures, I was dumbfounded by the realization that the artist who had created all three of this trio of paintings was completely unknown to me. The illustrator’s name, as I read on the placards, was Charles Edward Chambers, and as I was soon to find out from the owner of the canvases, I was far from the only person in the dark about this talented man. Just who was this Charles Chambers?