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DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960). The Artist and His Model, 1921. Oil on canvas. 34 x 36 in.. Signed center left. ...

2013 October 26 , Illustration Art Auction- New York #5145

 
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Auction Ended On: Oct 26, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960)
The Artist and His Model, 1921
Oil on canvas
34 x 36 in.
Signed center left

This magnificent painting has resided in a private collection for decades and has never been offered on the market. Such a newly discovered masterwork from Cornwell's absolute peak period is cause for celebration, particularly given the beautiful execution and wide appeal of the subject matter.

Condition Report*:

Unlined canvas is loose on the stretcher. Light surface dirt. Light stretcher creases with associated light craquelure- most notable on the bottom edge. Area of craquelure in the lower left quadrant, light craquelure in the upper center quadrant and scattered areas of light craquelure- most notable along the upper edge. Paint layer is stable. No apparent restoration when viewed under UV. Framed to an overall size of 39.5 x 41.5 inches.

Cornwell, Dean:Dean Cornwell, born in 1862, was an American artist who was best known as a muralist and for his famous illustrations in national magazines including Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky and as a child observed his civil engineer father do industrial drawings, which led to his interest in art. Cornwell studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and built his career as a cartoonist for the Lousiville Herald and the Chicago Tribune. Cornwell illustrated the works of some of the most famous names in the literary world, including Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, Pearl S. Buck, and Somerset Maugham. He also created murals for the 1939 World's Fair, Bethlehem Steel, and the General Motors Building in New York City. Cornwell's spectacular murals grace buildings throughout the country. Some of the most well known are at 10 Rockefeller Center, the Los Angeles Public Library which illustrates the history of California, and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands. The Los Angeles Public Library and Redlands projects took five years to complete. Cornwell had contacts with major companies including Palmolive, Coca Cola, Squibb, Seagram's Gin, and New York Life. Some of Cornwell's most famous murals and ads include the Natchez/Lee Paddlwheel Race, Ivory Soap, Woodbury Soap, The Pennsylvania Railroad, and the"Spirit of 1943." Illustrations, murals, and ads created by Cornwell helped to promote the war effort during the 1940s. During his career, Cornwell was elected to the National Academy of Design and was president of the Society of Illustrators. Dean Cornwell died in 1960.

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