Jan 28, 2021 - Sale 2556

Sale 2556 - Lot 126

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
TONY FLOREANI; and Bunny Yeager
Archive of 35 instructional drawings created for their book 'Drawing the Human Figure Using Photographs" (New York: A. S. Barnes and Co., Inc; London: Thomas Yoseloff, Ltd., 1965). All drawings in Floreani's hand.

Mixed media, but primarily graphite, ink, charcoal, collage, and wash on paper, board, or onion skin; one large image is rendered in progressive states, with watercolor, tempera, and gouache on board. Sizes vary from roughly 253x203mm; 10x8 inches, to 558x432 mm; 22x17 inches. Condition varies. A copy of the book in dust jacket accompanies the artwork.

Provenance: Grapefruit Moon Gallery/Archives of Bunny Yeager.

A fascinating working archive. Yeager, the famous glamour photographer, and her close friend and creative partner, the commercial artist Tony Floreani, collaborated on this well-received book showing step-by-step instructions on how to draw the female figure. Yeager herself serves as the model for several of the designs, as does glamour girl Maria Stinger, and Yeager's best-known subject, Bettie Page (pictured in two of the larger scale drawings). The images show women in various poses, both clothed and nude, details of facial features, portraits, and several smaller, rough-cut diagrammatic sketches on tracing paper or onion skin. While Yeager and Floreani conceived and designed the full publication, the drawings are all by Floreani.