"Driving the Tee"   Lot no. 4307

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By Lealand R. Gustavson (1894-1966)

18.75" x 24.75"
Watercolor over Graphite on Thick Paper



Gustavson was an excellent golfer himself and illustrated the book How To Play Your Best Golf by Tommy Armour in 1954. He explained that, "eventually, either by choice, economic pressure, or convenient timing, many artists concentrate on a particular subject which they know a great deal about and are able to interpret with precision and meaning. In my own case, that specialty is painting golf subjects. I have been intimately associated with golf since I was a caddie at the age of twelve and have since won five club championships." Gustavson also authored and illustrated the instructional book Enjoy Your Golf: An Illustrated Guide to Better Golf (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1954).

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Lealand R. Gustavson was born in the Swedish community of Moline, Illinois. He studied nights for several years at the Chicago Art Institute while working in printing houses, advertising agencies and art services. After moving East, he resumed night classes, studying under Walter Biggs and Harvey Dunn.

   Although he illustrated for The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, McCall’s, and many other periodicals, Gustavson was one of the mainstays of Blue Book magazine for many years and in his illustrations for the blood and thunder stories managed to “kill a staggering number of people in all the diabolical ways an author can dream up…”

   Along with his interest in art, he was an ardent sportsman. For several years, he played tournament badminton throughout the East, holding a national championship title and several New England titles. He was equally interested in golf, both as a player and in illustrating the fine points of the game for books and magazine articles.

   He exhibited widely and won many awards; he taught at the Chicago Art Institute and Ray Commercial Art School in Chicago. Gustavson was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the American Watercolor Society, and the Academic Artists Association.