An outstanding fine art painting by the well listed and prolific artist and illustrator Frederick Sands Brunner, this oil on canvas features a pretty red haired sunlit nude with an engaging smile and pretty figure with porcelain white skin gathering water at a stream. The verso bears a foil gallery label for Newman Galleries in Philadelphia where the artist exhibited and sold many of his his works in this genre. While not specifically a pin up painting by design, this red headed naturalist nude captures the allure of the female figure and nude form in an unabashed and lyrical manner. Far and away the finest work we have seen by the artist.
This large and rare surviving fine art nude painting is on the original pine stretchers and is housed in a fine walnut wood gallery frame that was created at the time of completion for exhibit. This is a gorgeous offering.
Frederick Sands Brunner was born in 1886 in Boyertown, PA. He had a love of painting at an early age. His father exhibited some of his paintings in his dry goods store. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Daniel Garber, and pursued a career in illustrative art with the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA. Brunner not only illustrated articles and stories within magazines, but also was awarded magazine cover art opportunities. His paintings appeared on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post, the Ladies Home Journal, This Week, and others. He also painted illustrations for advertisements for Coca Cola, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Cliquot Beverage Company, and numerous other companies.
Brunner also supported the war effort with his artwork. He supplied the Red Cross with two posters and portrayed service men and women in his illustrations. The artist died in April 1954 at the age of 67.