Sanford Kossin

Sanford Kossin In the years where war art was commonly created, Sanford Kossin was a great illustrator. One of his greatest and most talked about illustrations was “The Bay of Pigs.” His illustrations of different events in World War II were extraordinary.

This highly revered man has received numerous awards of honor for his contribution to the world from the Society of Illustrators, where he is a Life Member. Sanford Kossin was born in 1926 in Los Angeles, California, and lives today in New York.

Many of his finest works have been shared in various publications, such as Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Life, and American Artist. It was in the 1960s that Kossin was selected as one of the top illustrators in the book The Illustrator in America: 1900-1960s.

MacArthur told him the way to take the hill was to lead his men straight up. ‘I see you are going to do it,’ he said, and pinned his own Distinguished 
                  Service Cross on the Major.” [Jan 24, 1964 Life] After World War II, Kossin went to Jepson Art Institute in California to study drawing and design before he moved to New York City. There he worked as an illustrator creating works such as paper back book covers, science-fiction magazines, children's books and magazines, and fiction art for Boy's Life, Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, and others.

The art by this well-known illustrator will forever be preserved and it will remain an inspiration to other striving illustrators and artists of today and the future.

Compiled by MacArthur Memorial intern Chavon Freeman, Virginia Wesleyan College, March 2009

Coming back, MacArthur’s boat sank,
                   fortunately in shallow water. ‘I do not believe we would have been capable of swimming. As it was, 
                   I was hard put to keep my wounded man’s head above water.’” [Jan 17, 1964 Life]In the August 1963, Life magazine secured the rights to MacArthur’s memoirs, which it would publish in seven installments the following year, three in January with the remainder coming in July.

Henry Luce, Editor in Chief, said at the time that MacArthur’s story ranks “with the greatest historical writings of any age.” It would appear in book form, entitled Reminiscences, several months after the General’s death in 1964.

Starting his search for locomotives, MacArthur had the Mexican
                   he had hired as his guide search him. He wanted the Mexican to know he had no money and there was no point in killing him.” 
                   [Jan 17, 1964 Life]Accompanying the serial publication in Life was a series of illustrations by Sanford Kossin, showing some of the more dramatic episodes in MacArthur’s career.


Near Laguna three mounted brigands fired on MacArthur’s handcar and
                   kept up a running battle. One horseman put a bullet through MacArthur’s shirt; then ‘I felt obliged to bring him down.’” 
                   [Jan 17, 1964 Life]The original artwork for five of these illustrations showing MacArthur’s early career, including the Vera Cruz expedition, Philippines, and World War I, were given to the MacArthur Memorial by the artist in 2000.

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