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Thursday, December 1, 2016

HADDON SUNDBLOM

Haddon Hubbard Sundblom (1899-1976) was a Finnish-American artist, widely known for his advertising work and illustrations. He is probably most famous for his many paintings for the Coca-Cola Company - - especially the holiday advertisements depicting Santa Claus. Sundblom was born in Michigan and studied at the Academy of Art in Chicago.

Here are some samples of his spectacular work. 

 Haddon Sundblom






 The Proposal






 (one of my personal favorites)








The Milkmaid, 1940








1947

 1964


A link to my other blog:
Lone Wolf Concerto 

20 comments:

  1. Absolutely. There's nothing like the Real Thing. (Take THAT, Pepsi!)

    My favorite is the returning soldier, hoisting his little son.
    I can see where that one illustration would grasp your fancy. Maybe it's just me, but the lady standing behind the pianist sorta-kinda resembles your lovely mother.

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    1. I've always liked Coke the best.
      I also was intrigued by the look of intense concentration on the pianist's face (in the painting).
      I didn't notice, until you mentioned it, that the woman does indeed resemble my mother.

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  2. With illustrators like Haddon Sundblom in the world --gosh, what an artist!-- I'm reaching just to call myself a doodler. These are terrific pieces, Jon. I don't just mean for enjoyment, but graphics to learn from as well. Such a quiet joy in them!

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    1. He vividly captured life in the deliciously idealistic way that was once so prevalent. I actually like his paintings even better than Norman Rockwell's work.

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  3. These are terrific images - such a talented artist. Wow !

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    1. In my opinion, these are much more than just "advertising art" - they exude such positive feelings. I love the color, vibrance,and realism (and perhaps the romanticism).

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  4. Of course I've seen some of these but had never heard about the artist or seen so many grouped together.

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    1. I sure remember those Coke ads, but I never knew anything about the artist until quite recently. I was really smitten by his work.

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  5. The girl on the bike is really lifelike. I love all of them.

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    1. I like the girl on the bike, too - it's especially striking with the dark background.

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    1. I've changed my "about me" photo half a dozen times in the past two days. I don't really like any of them....but the smitten kitten is okay. I suppose it does represent me. In a furry kind of way.

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  7. A wonderful trip down an idealized American road. To this day, my 22 year old son has never told me he doesn't believe in Santa Clause because he knows I'll cry if he does. Because I *still* believe.

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    1. The light in our lives fades significantly if we stop believing.

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  8. Like the girl on the bike too. Reminds me of me and my bike in the 50's.

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    1. I really miss the good ol' days when I used to ride my bike everywhere.

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  9. Reminds me a lot of Norman Rockwell but he has his own style. I'd seen his work (Santas) and didn't know who had done them. Lovely work!! :)

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    1. There's something immensely appealing about artists like Sundblom and Rockwell. I always get a positive and uplifting feeling when I see their work. It was idealized...yet wonderful.

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  10. The girl on the beach with the dog looks a bit like Marlyn Monroe. I wondered if she modeled for it in her pre-Hollywood stardom days.

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    1. She does resemble Marilyn. So far as I know, Sundblom and Marilyn never met - - but he could certainly have been inspired by her photos or films.

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