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Wladyslaw Theodore Benda
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"...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 in the 1920s and 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.
Benda's women were darkly alluring, more foreign, and managed to step beyond the norms of his day..."