1892 - 1959
American illustrator, Carl Oscar August Erickson was born in Joliet, Illinoise 1892. Carl Erickson received his formal art education at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Although limited to only two years of schooling, his artistic talent attracted the likes of Marshall Field, Lord & Thomas and other well known advertisement accounts in Chicago. In 1914 Eric would move to New York to continue his advertising illustrations.
In 1916 Eric made his debut in Vogue magazine and by 1925 he was a regular artist on the magazine. He would go on to dominate the field of fashion illustration for over thirty five years, creating illustrations for French publications and drawing society portraits. Becoming a pillar of the illustrious magazine, Eric worked together with Rene Willaumez Bouet and later Rene Bouche. He was known for his drawings of people in fashionable settings and would stress the importance of detail in his artistry. He continued to work for Vogue until the 1950s.
The Brooklyn Museum held a retrospective of his drawings shortly after his death in 1959.