First Catch by John Ford Clymer

  • A family fishes in the idyllic American landscape in this oil by John Ford Clymer
  • Clymer is counted among the greatest of the last generation of American Illustrators
  • This work was featured on the June 13, 1959, cover of the Saturday Evening Post
  • It fully displays Clymer's dual talent as a landscape painter and illustrator
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John Ford Clymer
1907-1989 | American 

A Fine Catch
Saturday Evening Post cover, June 13, 1959

Signed "John Clymer" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

Part of the last generation of the great American Illustrators, John Clymer draws on the rich traditions of J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell in this charming oil on canvas. Painted for the June 13, 1959, cover of the Saturday Evening Post, the idyllic work captures a family of four fishing on a picturesque lake. The painting not only reveals Clymer's talent as an illustrator, but also as a landscape painter. He was celebrated for his depictions of the American West, and this landscape — with its orange-pink skies, expertly rendered terrain and variety of foliage — displays the remarkable range of his talent. Clymer once said he hoped his art would transport the viewer "to an actual place and make him feel that he was really there," and A Fine Catch undoubtedly succeeds in this goal.

Born in Ellensburg, Washington, much of John Ford Clymer's success can be traced to his boyhood in the Kittitas Valley, an area renowned for its natural diversity and beauty. It was there he developed an enthusiasm for the natural world and first began to take an active interest in art. He sold his first illustrations to the Colt Firearms Company at the age of just 16 and, though he had no formal artistic training, enjoyed a successful career illustrating for the Saturday Evening Post, Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck. Renowned for documenting the American frontier, Clymer received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the revered Prix de West in 1976 and the prestigious Rungius Medal in 1988.

Circa 1959

Canvas: 30 1/4" high x 28 3/8" wide
Frame: 36 3/8" high x 34 1/4" wide
First Catch by John Ford Clymer
Maker: Clymer, John Ford
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 1.5 Inches
Width: 34.25 Inches
Height: 36.38 Inches
Style: Illustration
Canvas Width: 28.375 Inches
Canvas Height: 30.25 Inches
First Catch by John Ford Clymer
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