In his paintings for the 1928 edition of The Count of Monte Cristo, he distinguished himself with his carefully composed shapes of tonal values, his handling of light, and his treatment of color.
In his long career, his style evolved with the times, becoming more photographic and more concerned with contemporary themes. He was good friends with Norman Rockwell, who lived in the same town of Arlington, Vermont.
He was active during World War II as a war correspondent, and several of his 46 Saturday Evening Post covers showed men in uniform.
Schaeffer will be one of the artists featured in an upcoming exhibition of "Harvey Dunn and His Students," at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, November 7, 2014 through May 30, 2015. Works by Dunn's students include Dean Cornwell, Harold von Schmidt, Saul Tepper, John Clymer, Lyman Anderson, and James E. Allen. More info from the Rockwell Museum here.
More good news for Schaeffer-o-philes is that the current issue of Illustration magazine has a feature on Schaeffer with 57 color reproductions, along with a biography.
Preview the Mead Schaeffer article in Illustration magazine
Schaeffer is featured in one of the chapters in the book Masters of American Illustration: 41 Illustrators and How They Worked by Fred Taraba
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