A Spanish Nude

Artist:Edmund Ward
Medium:Oil on Canvas mounted on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 20" x 24" Framed 23" x 27"
Original Use:Fine art or Possible Interior Illustration
Above: Detail of nude Spanish beauty

A moving and evocotive, free flowing oil rendering of a Spanish-themed nude señorita by Edmund Ward. Making his first illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post before he was age 20, Ward had a successful career as an illustrator of works that ranged in style and subject matter from dark tonalist in oils to humorous in wash and watercolor. For many years he illustrated the Alexander Botts and Assistant District Attorney Doowinkle stories for the Post.

Ward was born in White Plains, New York, where he spent most of his career and where he painted a mural for the Federal Building. He studied at the Art Students League with Norman Rockwell, with whom he shared a studio.

Among his teachers at the League were Thomas Fogarty, Edward Dufner, and George Bridgman. He was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Guild of Freelance Artists, and a member of the Society of Illustrators.

Above: Estate stamp on verso
Above: The artist's signature and frame detail lower left


Above: The artist at work


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Green River Soda Girl 1931

A large and never-before-seen original pastel by Rolf Armstrong, this Green River Soda advertisement features a glamorous pin-up girl. This original pastel was found among other pastels and old lithographs in an abandoned Milwaukee, Wisconsin warehouse building. Decades earlier, the structure had served as headquarters for the "A. C. Schulz" lithography company. Although this piece is unsigned (this is true of much advertising art), it was undoubtedly created by the hand of Rolf Armstrong and is sold as an attributed painting.