William Fulton Soare, soared through 1930's as he pursued a growing success as a commercial illustrator. His productivity was remarkable. His colorful paintings depicted glamorous, adventurous and flamboyant images of pop culture of the 1930’s. His work appeared on the covers of leading magazines, advertisements and calendars and provided Americans an escape from the grim realities of World War I and The Great Depression.
Soare had the artistic ability to capture and accurately depict a wide range of human experience and emotion with painstaking historical authenticity. His work appeared on the covers of numerous western, detective, adventure, fashion and general interest magazines, among which were the New York Herald Tribune’s, This Week Magazine, Boys' Life, American Boy, Scribners, Adventure, and The Saturday Evening Post.
was a student of the great masters of American illustration, including
Dean Cornwell, Harvey Dunn, and N.C. Wyeth. He had received his art
training as an student at the Sorbonne in Paris, following the end of
World War I in 1918, when he was released from active duty with the
American Expeditionary Forces in Europe.
Soare died February, 1940, on the threshhold of national recognition - in the prime of his creativity, when he was struck down at the age of 43, by a massive heart attack , while shoveling deep snow off his front walk in Englewood, New Jersey. He had been anticipating a visit from a representative from The Saturday Evening Post, who was meeting him to discuss a cover illustration for an upcoming issue.
over six decades later, the importance of his work continues to be recognized
as exemplified by a six-piece collection of oil paintings, that were
recently donated by his son, Thomas F. Soare to the Mount Vernon collection
in Washington’s home. William was commissioned to create the paintings
in 1931 for a bicentennial calendar. They depict George Washington and
moments of his presidency. In 1932, the paintings toured major cities
in the U.S. through a sponsorship with the Daughters of the American