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LESLIE THRASHER. Tuned Out. Likely a cover illustration for Liberty Magazine, featuring a father tuning out the sharp cries of his newborn with the assistance of a Ham Radio, circa 1930s. Oil on canvas. 559x483 mm; 22x19 inches. Signed in lower left image. Canvas relined, craquelure in areas of white with small losses. Framed.
Thrasher (1889-1936) was arguably Howard Pyle's most successful and prolific student. By 1926, he was given an exclusive contract with Liberty magazine producing each cover illustration for $1,000 per week for a span of 6 years. This sheer output surpasses that of Norman Rockwell's tenure at The Saturday Evening Post. Quintessentially sparse and showing the everyday man in humorous or touching situations, audiences often confused Thrasher's works for Rockwell's. Thrasher's legacy was largely forgotten due to his early death following a house fire that reportedly consumed a large body of his work.