Dec 14, 2017 - Sale 2465

Sale 2465 - Lot 110

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
"Fire Island Cottage." Illustration for the article "A Double View of Artists' Life" in LIFE magazine, published July 12, 1954. Egg tempera on masonite. 508x406 mm; 20x16 inches. Signed and dated [19]47 in lower left corner.

Additional Details

One of a pair of Corcos family scenes for the Life magazine article juxtaposing the family's summer life in their Fire Island home with their main residence in Rockland County, New York. The magazine caption is "airy beach scene shows house, tiny studio, neighbors' collages surrounded by a luxuriant crop of poison ivy." Its intricate and colorful vignettes show the family, their nanny, and their friends in their cottage nestled in the Robbins Rest community. They engage in a number of summertime activities such as clamming, swimming, and dining, within the artist's characteristic angled cross-section view where the figures are repeated to show multiple vignettes. The little shed next to the house was a shingled structure which the 1938 hurricane blew onto their property and which her husband, the painter Edgar Levy, repaired and repurposed into their studio. The friends shown around their table include the poet Alter Brody, and, appropriately, Joseph and Barbara Kastner, editors of Life Magazine.