Nude Dancing with Robot

Artist:Mahlon Blaine
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 8" x 12" Framed 16" x 20"
Original Use:Proposed mural design for Paul MacAlister
Price: $4,750.00

Full view of gouache painting

The artist's initial lower left for "G. Christopher Hudson"

In the late 1930s, avant-garde illustrator Mahlon Blaine, working under the pseudonym G. Christopher Hudson created a series of illustrations which were intended to become murals for the studio or showroom of noted New York City interior designer Paul MacAlister. Offering a dark and pessimistically erotic commentary on the skyscraper landscape that was taking over Manhattan, it's unclear if Blaine and MacAlister believed these murals would ever be approved, or if the preliminary artworks were exclusively created as an oblique social satire. Blaine treated each individual painting in the series as its own completed stand alone artwork, with painstaking detail and inspired yet terrifying imagery. Shortly after completing this series Blaine entered into psychiatric care and dropped completely out of the public eye for the better part of a decade. We are offering the complete series of ten original concept paintings, each an impressionistic story of a nude underworld goddess engaged in the horrific industry of the machine age.

The third in the series, in this scene a nude Medusa like creature ballroom dances with a robot in a high wire styled act on scaffolding high above the city.


Full View before framing

Framed and matted behind glass in handsome gallery frame

Frame profile and corner detail

These are some of the most detailed and colorful works that have emerged by the artist to date. Though, it's hard to imagine that even Blaine could foresee these images becoming part of the midtown Manhattan cityscape, the project gained at least some traction, and MacAlister created a 1:12 scale miniature room with his rough tempura sketches of the Blaine's proposed murals featured in diorama.

Miniature room created by Paul MacAllister with rough sketches of Blaine mural works

Please explore our gallery for the other offerings which together comprise the entire series of proposed murals.


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