The Swami Told Me...

Artist:Walt Otto
Date:1950s
Medium:Oil on Stretched Canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 25" x 32" Framed 29 1/2" x 33 1/2"
Condition:Very good with some scattered light craquelure in the sheen
Original Use:Commissioned pin-up calendar art
Price:$5500.00
Full view of oil on canvas published pin-up painting

Full view of oil on canvas published pin-up painting

The artist's signature lower middle

The artist's signature lower middle

Vintage titled calendar print of the painting (included in sale)

Vintage titled calendar print of the painting (included in sale)

The distinguished American artist and illustrator Walt Otto created this glitzy magic-themed original published pin up oil on canvas calendar painting in the late 1950's. A curvy mid-century brunette heart-breaker with a smile that's all magic takes center stage in "The Swami told me he could teach me some new tricks." A published vintage calendar top of the image is included with sale. The published image differs very slightly from how the canvas appears today, the artist removed the star studded throne that appears in the lithograph, making the magician's assistant appear to float in mid-air, and moved his signature from atop the model's foot to a lower location. Otto likely made these small changes after the publication of the calendar in an attempt to re-commission the work for another paid use.

Detail

Detail

Verso view of old canvas back on original pine stretchers

Verso view of old canvas back on original pine stretchers

Provenance: verso bears stamp from the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York City. Meisel co-authored the 1996 Tasschen Books title The Great American Pin-up with Charles Martignette.

Previously owned by The Louis K. Mesiel Gallery - New York

Previously owned by The Louis K. Mesiel Gallery - New York



 

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