Mountain Girls of Tibet

Artist:Mort Künstler
Date:1960
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 15 1/2" x 21 1/2" Framed 27" x 32 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for Stag Magazine - October 1960
Price:$4500.00
Full view of cover illustration

Full view of cover illustration

Frame corner profile and artist's signature lower left

Frame corner profile and artist's signature lower left

Stag Magazine - October, 1960 (included in sale)

Stag Magazine - October, 1960 (included in sale)

A large gouache illustration for the cover of the October 1960 edition of Stag magazine. A daring mountain top rescue illustrating the interior story "Three Months With The Wild Mountain Girls of Tibet, 'Sgt. Gregory's Escape From Red Chinese Captivity.'" A compelling read we are certain, if this action packed gouache is any indication.

Framed and matted under glass view

Framed and matted under glass view

Detail

Detail

Verso publication notations in the artist's hand

Verso publication notations in the artist's hand

In the 1960s and 1970s, Men's magazines exploited Cold War tensions and capitalized on prevalent working class American fears. "The Sweats," as they are commonly known, followed the blueprint set by the pulp magazines of the previous generation, depicting perceived enemies as savages, Nazis, and Communist torturers.
Leading illustrators in this strangely subversive genre, such as Norman Saunders, James Bama, Norm Eastman, Rafael DeSota and Mort Kunstler, created sensational, figurative illustrations executed in a style markedly similar to Socialist Realism and its associated propaganda imagery.