Vintage 1930s Sensual Fine Art Deco Nude Figure Study Pictorialist Photograph

Vintage 1930s Sensual Fine Art Deco Nude Figure Study Pictorialist Photograph

Vintage 1930s Sensual Fine Art Deco Nude Figure Study Pictorialist Photograph

Vintage 1930s Sensual Fine Art Deco Nude Figure Study Pictorialist Photograph

We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. All sell no reserve! ITEM: This is a c. Early 1930s vintage and original silver gelatin photograph featuring a nude artist’s model. A fine art deco figure study with sensual pictorialist style highlights the model’s nude figure as she poses with her back to the viewer, her dark raven locks giving a dramatic pop of shadow to the portrait. This comes from the estate of legendary pulp cover artist Norman Saunders. Please see below for more information about this exciting collection. Measures 8″ x 10″ on a glossy double weight paper stock. Please use the included images as a conditional guide. Like many working illustrators in the pre-internet age, Saunders was always on the lookout for photographs and images to use as reference in the creation of his inventive narrative illustration paintings. In the 1930s, Saunders was working as a staff artist at Fawcett Publications in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fawcett put out a number of Hollywood fan magazines, such as Screen Secrets, Hollywood Magazine, and Motion Picture Magazine. Jack Gilrat Smalley & Rosco Kent Fawcett, editors of the publishing company, would give Saunders photographs which came into the offices for his personal use, and in later years upon his move to New York City to pursue his career as a freelance artist, he brought the photographs he had collected with him, and continued to use them as reference material for his illustrations during the rest of his professional career. The majority of these stills are from the pre-code era, and the collection includes everything from Edwin Bower Hesser nudes from Jean Harlow’s notorious Griffith Park sitting to behind the scenes stills of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. It is fascinating to see the collection as a whole, and to find examples where we can see how these images were transformed into illustration, and even occasionally see the trace of a finger print in paint along the margins. We are enthralled, and have included a couple of shots from the collection for reference. The below images are not included with sale. The item “Vintage 1930s Sensual Fine Art Deco Nude Figure Study Pictorialist Photograph” is in sale since Friday, December 09, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Photographic Images\Risqué\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)”. The seller is “grapefruitmoongallery” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Signed?: Unsigned
  • Color: Black & White
  • Photo Type: Gelatin Silver
  • Original/Reprint: Original Print
  • Size Type/Largest Dimension: Medium (Up to 10″)
  • Date of Creation: 1930s
  • Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Subject: Nudes
  • Region of Origin: US
  • Framing: Unframed

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