How exciting for American Greetings Corporation when President Johnson decided to go with their company for the White House Christmas Cards. Six artists submitted their samples and lucky for Robert that he had just the style and softness that Mrs. Johnson was looking for.
She loved his gentle renditions of nature and they captured her eye and her heart. So much so that he was commissioned to do their Christmas Cards for the duration of President Johnsonís term in office. Robert told Mrs. Johnson that he put part of himself in every painting, not just what he saw but what he felt.
For sixteen years Robert had painted flowers for American Greetings and had won many national prizes. He was invited to the White House to get inspiration for the task. He viewed the White House from every vantage point taking photographs and making sketches. This was such an honor for Robert.
|1964 "Southwestern Willow"
||1965 "the South Lawn"
|1966 "American Elm"
||1967 "the Blue Room Tree"
|1968 "South Portico View in Spring"
||1969 "South Portico View in Winter"
|For more information on Robert H. Laessig's contributions to the Johnson Administration's White House Christmas cards and prints, please see "Season's Greetings From the White House" by Mary Evans Seeley|