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ALLEN SAALBURG. Broadside Barn. 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 sketches.
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.