A Brown Eyed Girl

Artist:Rolf Armstrong
Date:1913
Medium:Pastel on illustration board
Dimensions:Sight Size 16" x 20" Framed 24" x 30"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Presumably Sheet Music or Magazine Cover
Price:$13,500.00
Framed view in oval period early 1900s gesso'ed frame

Framed view in oval period early 1900s gesso'ed frame

The artist's signature

The artist's signature

Detail

Detail

An exceedingly scarce and early Art Nouveau period original pastel portrait by Rolf Armstrong dated 1913. A crisply rendered serene take on a sad eyed solemn brown eyed lass.

Frame crown detail

Frame crown detail

Above: Verso stamp on Illustration Board

This pastel dates just one year later than his first published works of 1912 for Puck and Judge magazines. His signature had not yet become the stylized scripted font of which we are accustomed to seeing. I have yet to uncover the published version of this work, it was most likely commissioned as a sheet music cover, a cover for American Sunday Magazine, or perhaps another periodical willing to take a chance on the young emerging talent.

Above: Dated 1913 Rolf Armstrong Cover example Sunday Magazine
Above: A similar published print version of an early Rolf Armstrong Glamour girl

 



 

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