Winold Reiss was an artist and graphic designer active in the early 20th Century. Ironically, this German immigrant came to fame for his illustrations and cover designs during the Harlem Renaissance. He taught and mentored artist Aaron Douglas, and his work appeared on Harlem Renaissance-era book and magazine covers. His illustrations for the book The New Negro, edited by Alain Locke in 1925, were very influential. We’ll be posting a series of collections of Reiss work. First up is this set of book and magazine covers, posters, and other graphic design. More information on Winold Reiss here. Thanks to the Winold Reiss website for the images.

Images top to bottom:

1) Opportunity magazine cover, 1925. Illustration and design: Winold Reiss.

2) Survey Graphic, magazine cover, March 1925. Illustration and design: Winold Reiss.

3) Book jacket for The New Negro, 1925. Illustration and design: Winold Reiss. 

4) Front and back book cover for Ebony and Ivory, 1923. Illustration and design: Winold Reiss. 

5) Invitation for Opportunity magazine award dinner, 1926. Illustration and design: Winold Reiss.