A lurid and menacing presumably commissioned cover painting for an as of yet undetermined spicy pulp publication circa 1930s-40s. By the New York State artist George Lee Trimm, who worked as a cover artist for various Western Fiction Publishing [Red Circle] pulps c. 1935-1942.
Additionally, Trimm created commissioned murals for the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
This is a defining example of the menace themed pulp imagery that was a short lived popular culture excursion during the art deco years of The Golden Age of Illustration. Other artists that worked in the genre include Rafael Desoto, Norman Saunders, H.L. Parkhurst and Margaret Brundage.