• Curriculum gloriae • Burne Hogarth, 1911-1996.
| This text is adapted from several
essays and writings about this extraordinary man, cartoonist, teacher,
and artist altogether.
n the course of a truly
remarkable career spanning some sixty-odd years, Burne Hogarth was
worn many hats in the worlds of art, art education, and art publishing.
Although he was from the beginning a popular success, critical acclaim was
a long time coming. Thankfully, he has now taken his place among the
important artists in the twentieth century.
Burne is most famous for his internationally syndicated
Sunday color page Tarzan (1937-50), but is probably most revered for his
contributions to art education. Through his books on drawing and hands-on teaching, he has
touched the lives of countless thousands of art students. I truly believe that he is one of
the most influental figures in art education today.
In the late fifties, I was just starting out a career in
illustration and was teaching my first class at the School of Visual Arts in New York. I had
graduated from Art Center College of Design the previous year, and although I had experienced
immediate success as an illustrator, I was far from sure of myself in the role of teacher.
| Burne Hogarth was teaching in a classroom
next to me and I couldn't help but overhear most of his lectures.
Hogarth has a awesome energy level and is not a quiet man. He illustrated
his lectures with giant anatomical drawings done on the spot from
memory in an extraordinary and unique style of his own invention.
I had never seen anyone so clearly define the human form before.
Needless to say, I learned a great deal about teaching from this experience and I
believe that Burne's commitment and enthusiasm inspired me to take up a second career in
education which continues to this day.
by Burne Hogarth
When I returned to California many years later to chair the
illustration department at Art Center, the main thing that I felt was missing was Burne
Hogarth. Burne was such a confirmed New Yorker, it never occured to me that I could lure him
to California. Happily, sometimes things work out. Burne did move to California and did join
our faculty. He is a constant source of inspiration to the department and I feel honored to
have been asked to write this."
Written in 1992 by Philip Hays,
Chairman, Illustration Department, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
The Artist And His Opus
|Burne Hogarth was one of the founders of the School
of Visual Arts in New York City, where he served as Coordinator of
Curriculum, Design and Art History.
His famed lecture demonstrations of anatomy and drawing provided the material for his books,
including 'Dynamic anatomy', 'Dynamic Figure Drawing', 'Dynamic Light and Shade',
'Drawing the Human Head', 'Drawing Dynamic Hand', and 'Dynamic Wrinkles and
Drapery', all published by Watson-Guptill Publications.
Dynamic Light and Shade, by Burne Hogarth
From Tarzan, by Burne Hogarth
|Hogarth received his education and art background in Chicago, where
he started a diversified professional career that embraces over fifty years of experience in
| fine art, illustration, advertising, and newspaper
art. He achieved worldwide recognition with his illustrations for
the Sunday newspaper comic 'Tarzan', and has since published
'Tarzan of the Apes' and 'Jungle Tales of Tarzan' in
|His cartoons, drawings, prints, and paintings
have been exhibited at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs of the Louvre,
Paris. A past president of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS)
and member of its Board of Governors, Hogarth was awarded the NCS
Silver Plaque Reuben for the best in illustration and advertising
in 1974, 1975, and 1976.
He was also named artist of the year in 1975 at the
Pavilion of Humor in Montreal, Canada.
In 1986 he received the lifetime Caran D'Ache Award in Lucca, Italy,
and in 1988 was awarded the Lauriers D'Or by the Cesar Society in Paris.
In May 1989 Hogarth was awarded the Premio Especial by the Seventh
International Salon of Humor in Barcelona, Spain, and he received the Grandmaster of Comic Art
Bronze Trophy prize at the German Comics Fair in Cologne in 1990.
Burne Hogarth taught analythical figure drawing at the Art Center
College of Design in Pasadena, California, and made his home in Los
Angeles. He died on 28th January 1996 in Paris, France.
Taken from Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery book by Burne Hogarth,
published by Watson-Guptill Publications.