Henry Koehler

1927 – 2018

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Henry Koehler, a graduate of Yale, was a highly intuitive and sophisticated artist working principally for The New Yorker, Town & Country, Sports Illustrated and Vogue and for clients such as Elizabeth Arden in 1950s and 60s America. His work exemplified the glamour and style of New York society during this period through a balanced elegance with compelling narrative and perfect composition. Throughout Koehler’s life he himself was considered one of the best looking and debonaire gentlemen of New York and Long Island society. In 2017 at the grand age of 80, Vanity Fair voted him one of the best dressed men internationally. Amongst his most high-profile commissions was a series of pictures commissioned privately by the Kennedy family on their private sailboat Victura. Following Koehler’s success as an illustrator, he became America’s most revered equine artist with exhibitions worldwide and an international following that includes the British Royal Family. The 10 cent US postage stamp commissioned in 1974 to commemorate the 100th running of the Kentucky Derby was created by Koehler.