American Carl Erickson “Eric” (1891-1958) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago for two years. In 1914 he move to New York, and continued to illustrate for advertising. He debuted at Vogue in 1916, becoming a regular artist on the magazine. He fell in love and married a fellow Vogue illustrator, Lee Creelman.
They moved to Paris in 1920, where Erickson began illustrating for the French edition of Vogue and drawing society portraits. He developed a working relationship with French fashion designers Pierre Balmain and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Carl Erickson used many different types of media included charcoal, pencil, Chinese ink, watercolor, and gouache. His illustrations and society portraits were characterized by loose brush strokes and color washes, though his preferred medium was charcoal.
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