WILLIAM LUBEROFF (1910-2002) Mistletoe * Happy Anniversary. Together, two illustrations from the portfolio of the artist's agent, featuring charming and amorous couples. Gouache on board. Mistletoe measures 349x267 mm; 13 3/4x10 1/2 inches, on 19x15-inch board. Anniversary measures 343x521 mm; 13 1/2x20 1/2 inches, on 15x22-inch board. Anniversary is signed in lower right image, with artist's label on verso. Both with adhesive residue in margins.
Luberoff was a New York-based illustrator who began his career in the 1930s working freelance for pulp magazines like Saga, Love Romances, and Climax. He went on to design more than 60 covers for Columbia magazine, one of which, most notably, resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In the late 1950s, Luberoff worked for Reproducta Company, Inc. and produced Christian-themed paintings, many of which remain among the most iconic and widely distributed religious images today.