Lives of the Muses

Who were the artist's models and muses whose faces and figures are instantly recognizable to lovers of early 20th century art and photography? It's a question we at Grapefruit Moon Gallery ask ourselves often, and the more we learn about them the more fascinating they become. To share our passion, we are offering a little vignette […]

Rolf Armstrong in the Illustrators Hall of Fame

Earlier this year, the Society of Illustrators inducted American illustrator and pin-up artist Rolf Armstrong into their Illustrator's Hall of Fame. Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and […]

Flying Fish

This technically dazzling painting by the French-American artist, muralist, and illustrator Andre Durenceau shows a colorful art deco landscape conceived in the manner of Rockwell Kent, with a lake in the foreground and an oversized flying fish adding the surreal touch for which the artist was known to the scene. This gouache on canvas is signed lower right and […]

Artist: Andre Durenceau
Price: Sold

Art and Industry During World War II

Public art in the 1930s is today synonymous with the Works Progress Administration--a New Deal Federal program that underwrote regionalist and modernist fine artists by commissioning their work for murals that can still be seen throughout the United States. Less often remembered is how private industries during the Great Depression and World War II became patrons of the […]

A Day in the Life of Illustrator Paul Strayer, 1918

It's easy to see how much talent and passion artists working in America's Golden Age of Illustration brought to their jobs, but we rarely have windows into the daily commitment to submitting work for consideration, and the accompanying rejection that was part of the illustrator life. For all but a few famous names like Maxfield Parrish and Norman […]

Madonna, The Ramones, Earle Bergey...What do these things have in common?

Earle K. Bergey’s spicy pulp covers are known for their provocative, even lawless sensuality. It’s the root of their wild, jazz age, hedonistic charm.  Even eighty years later, Bergey's art looks daring, modern, and cool.  Since more than 90% of original pulp cover artwork is thought to be lost, we were over the moon to come across two fresh-to-the-market original […]

Erté's Long Reach

"My art, which is my life, is the only language through which I speak with the world." -Erté Through his work, Erté has become synonymous with timeless decadence and a bold avant garde modernist aesthetic. His creation embody, and for many people define Art Deco. Today, though, most people are familiar with his work only through photographs, fine […]

Illustration Art: On The Road with Antiques Roadshow

Here at Grapefruit Moon Gallery, we are always tickled when illustration art shows up on PBS's Antiques Roadshow, the 12-time Emmy nominated standard-bearer that paved the way for Pawn Stars, Storage Locker Wars, and a host of others shows that have gotten Americans searching their attics for dusty treasures. As loyal viewers, we were among the nearly eight […]

The Year In Review

As another year comes to a close, we are taking a moment to look back on 2014 and reminisce on what a wonderful year it has been. We hired two new, wonderful employees that have been an absolute delight to have at the office. Welcome Ashlee and Sarah! We traveled off the internet and into […]

Illustration Art Takes Museums At Light Speed

Nothing says "I've arrived" about a genre of art than its appearance on the walls of museums and galleries, and though it could be argued that illustration art is fashionably late to the party, its arrival is making a splash. Since the founding of Grapefruit Moon Gallery in 2003, we've seen a handful of touring exhibits […]

Alfred Statler's New York City

The bustling post-war world of New York City - the exciting art scene, the sometimes grimy underbelly of street life, and even the everyday, seemingly mundane, daily activities of its residents - were what drew photojournalist and painter Alfred Statler back to his home city after an extended trip abroad to refine his artistic skills. […]

The Twin Cities went on a mission to modern, and we came along for the ride

Grapefruit Moon Gallery had the honor and privilege of participating this past weekend in the 15th annual Twin Cities 20th Century Design Show and sale; featuring an eye popping building filled with antique Mission Arts & Crafts furniture, decorative collectibles and art pottery as well as Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern pieces. This was the first year the show […]

 

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