Students reading. Illustration by Al Parker (American, 1906-1985). Good Housekeeping, 1950s.
One of the motivations for his ever-evolving style was to keep his identity separate, as his works, once published, often provided “inspiration” for a coterie of followers. He complained that he could only stay one month ahead of the pack. Parker once laid down the gauntlet by illustrating an entire issue of Cosmopolitan using a different style (and pseudonym) for each story.