Wild Body

Artist:Howard Purcell
Date:1953
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 18" x 25 1/2" Framed 25" x 32"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Paperback cover art for Wild Body, Uni-Book #53
Price:$2950.00
Full view

Full view

The illustration as it appeared in publication (included in sale)

The illustration as published

Framed and silk matted under glass view

Framed and silk matted under glass view

Large, dramatically lit, and alluring, this gouache on illustration board painting by Howard Purcell was created as cover art in 1953 for the digest novel Wild Body by Manning Clay, which told "the intimate story of a modern Salome--who tried to shed the seventh veil." The scene shows Valerie, a pretty albeit tired burlesque dancer between shows, deep in thought and seemingly full of ambivalence about the man standing over her and recent life choices, this work registers an emotional scope and purpose that is really remarkable. According to the publisher's slug copy Valerie's "beauty was her curse...she danced to the devil's own rhythm." This is truly evocative and powerful--a departure for Purcell, who today is primarily remembered as a comic book illustrator, and the cover artist for Green Lantern #1.

Nicely framed and ready to display, a high grade complete edition is included in the sale.

PROVENANCE:
Previously in the Estate of Charles Martignette.

Detail

Detail

Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing

Verso notations identifying artist

Verso notations identifying artist

Back cover of paperback with publishers text slug

Back cover of paperback with lurid slug copy



 

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