Sep 29, 2016 - Sale 2423

Sale 2423 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
Barn with Torn Posters. Cover illustration for Fortune magazine, published July, 1940, also reproduced on page 81 of "Fortune: The Art of Covering Business" (Salt Lake City: Gibbs-Smith, 1999.) Oil on canvas. 483x381 mm; 19x15 inches. Signed "A. Saalburg" in lower image. Craquelure with no losses. Framed. Accompanied by two preliminary studies; gouache on paper, approximately 9x7 inches; not signed.

Additional Details

In conversation with Prudence Crowther, Saalburg described his collaboration with the Art Directors at Fortune, stating: "They just wanted something rural . . . what I was interested in at the time was a trompe l'oeil and as far as I know I was the first person to catch on to trompe l'oeil for commercial purposes." (Fortune's America: The Visual Achievements of Fortune Magazine, 1930-1965 by Chris Mullen and Philip Beard. University of East Anglia Library, 1985.)
Provenance: From the estate of the artist.