1. J.C. Leyendecker (1874 – 1951)


    Almost two decades before Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker was synonymous with The Saturday Evening Post, producing over 300 cover illustrations for the magazine. I love his super stylish and super cool male protagonist he paints, and the way his work invites you in. There is a nice collection of his work here and here, but for a truly amazing collection check out this J.C. Leyendecker book.