James Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg (b. 1877) studied at the Art Students League, but later said you can’t be taught art; you’re born with it.
Every magazine carried Flagg illustrations for years. He was versatile: did pen and inks, halftones (water colors and oils), charcoal, pencil, sculpting. He was the 1920s — great friend of John Barrymore’s. He was a cocky city rat. He also wrote 24 movies. Flagg girls were tall, wide shouldered, beautiful, long hair — but also serene, kind, courageous, passionate.
His most famous poster today is the I Want You ad he did for the U.S. Army, which was actually a direct rip-off of a British ad done the year before.
Men had the same ideals, and he often used himself as the model. Died forgotten at 82. Only 20 people attended his funeral at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.