With his iconic New Year’s series of Saturday Evening Post covers, J.C. Leyendecker gave us what is perhaps the most enduring and global New Year’s symbol, that of the New Year’s Baby. It was in 1906 that Leyendecker painted his first image of a baby ringing in the New Year for the Post, in what would become an annual series of works spanning nearly 40 years. At times silly and others thought-provoking, Leyendecker’s babies are, at their hearts, enduring symbols of new beginnings.
In the present work, entitled Beginning to Rain, Leyendecker comically, yet ominously, foretells the coming political deluge of 1928, an important election year. The work, which was featured on the December 31, 1927 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, features Leyendecker’s baby stuck between the Republican elephant and Democrat donkey, appearing to brace himself for an impending political flood. Humorous and winsome, this oil on canvas perfectly epitomizes Leyendecker’s most popular series.
This painting is currently featured in M.S. Rau Antiques’ exhibition America, Illustrated: Six Decades of Saturday Evening Post Covers. Learn more about the exhibition at www.rauantiques.com/post/.
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