The Soda Jerk

A fun and breezy interior magazine illustration for Argosy magazine - July, 1946 by Ray Johnson illustrating a story titled "My Son's Old Man" by Fred Malina. A classic Americana image featuring a soda jerk performing his then coveted job at a snappy modernist Art Deco styled soda fountain much to the delight of two lovely […]

Artist: Ray Johnson
Price: $1950.00

Teen-Age Gangs

Teen-Age Gangs was created by Rafael Desoto as cover art for a 1954 Popular Library Paperback Book written by Dale Kramer and Madeline Karr. A gritty defining example which shows a bleak sensationalized, youth gone wild culture, which was to captured the moral panic over juvenile delinquency that was a focal point of American culture […]

Artist: Rafael Desoto
Price: $9500.00

Rush Hour NYC Subway Commute

From a recent east coast estate auction, Grapefruit Moon Gallery is delighted to have acquired a previously unseen collection of American Impressionist oil paintings dating to the 1940s and executed in a WPA, Regionalist, and often times stark Ashcan School design aesthetic. These are the work of the important American photo-journalist Alfred Statler, who was […]

Artist: Alfred Statler
Price: $2500.00

Elevated Train Bridge In NYC

From a recent east coast estate auction, Grapefruit Moon Gallery is delighted to have acquired a previously unseen collection of American Impressionist oil paintings dating to the 1940s and executed in a WPA, Regionalist, and often times stark Ashcan School design aesthetic. These are the work of the important American photo-journalist Alfred Statler, who was […]

Artist: Alfred Statler
Price: $2500.00

A Smiling Norma Shearer

Pulp illustrator James Lunnon created this oil on canvas painting of Norma Shearer for the September 1935 issue of Movies Magazine. The hair and styling seem to date this to the mid 1930s-the height of Shearer's renown as the Queen of MGM, a title bestowed upon her in 1927 when she married Irving Thalberg. Unusually […]

Artist: James Lunnon
Price: Sold

Unpublished Black Mask Pulp Cover

From the estate of the American artist James Lunnon, this is an unsigned proposed Black Mask pulp cover painting which was slated for publication in May of 1940. The yellow left side field is a telling trait and was unique to the title - this format was used between January 1937 to April of 1940, […]

Artist: James Lunnon
Price: Sold

Ruffled Feathers

This endearing original 1967 oil on canvas painting by Gil Elvgren was created for the Brown & Bigelow calendar company and published under the title Ruffled Feathers. A spirited and colorful pin-up painting featuring a redheaded photographer in silk stockings and garters who runs into unexpected troubles as she attempts to capture the likeness of […]

Artist: Gil Elvgren
Price: $85,000.00

The Rickshaw

This original 1920s oil on board by Henry Soulen was likely an interior spot illustration which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. The colorful, boldly painted, Orientalist scene shows a rickshaw and two figures in heated conversation in front of gates of what appears to be San Francisco's Chinatown. Housed in a simple, original-to-the-painting wood […]

Artist: Henry Soulen
Price: Sold

Joss Paper Ceremony

This original 1920s oil on board painting by Henry Soulen is a commissioned interior illustration for The Saturday Evening Post. The image shows two figures engaged in what appears to be a traditional "ghost money" ceremony, a Taoist tradition of burning joss paper as an offering to spirits of one's ancestors. The colorful, boldly painted, […]

Artist: Henry Soulen
Price: $1500.00

Global Glamour - Normandy

A pristine and important surviving Henry Clive illustration painting that appeared as the cover for the August 27, 1944 issue of The American Weekly, a Randolph Hearst publication. The magazine often commissioned Clive to create serialized images of enchantresses that shared a thematic thread. In this case - in the year 1944 the artist was […]

Artist: Henry Clive
Price: Sold

Drying Nets - Mont Saint Pierre

Drying Nets - Mont Saint Pierre is an antique 1930s signed oil on canvas painting by the important American artist and illustrator John Clymer, signed lower right and titled on the back stretcher bar in the artist's hand. The work is a fine American impressionist painting with dazzling impasto work, particularly on the nets being hoisted and […]

Artist: John Clymer
Price: $4500.00

Distressed

Two squared jaw toughs slug it out as a pretty red haired, green eyed damsel in distress looks on in this classic action-packed pulp cover painting. Though the work is unsigned, and we are unsure of the publication usage, this bears all the hallmarks of 1940s pulp covers; the bold use of color, and intense depiction […]

Artist: American Artist
Price: $3500.00
 

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