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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Three Impressarios

This piece by John R. Neill is another of my favorites. It was created for a magazine story, and the image feels so different from what I normally associate with the artist - the rich blacks and greys provide a sense of menace. The piece is an illustration from Pictorial Review magazine, ca. 1918. On the rear of the artwork is a label that reads "Charge to PR / order no. 4140". Michael Hearn once recalled having read the story, and not remembering any particularly menacing aspects - so the image may be a bit misleading. The drawing is rather large, about 18" by 24".

I won't be posting for the next few days, but will be back at it next week!

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