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MICHAEL WHELAN (American, b. 1950)
Lovecraft's Nightmare (diptych), paperback covers, 1981
Acrylic on masonite
16.5 x 27.5 in. (each)
Initialed lower center

From the Frank Collection.

EXHIBITED:
University of Maryland, College of Arts and Humanities: The Gallery, College Park, Maryland (labels verso).

Whelan created these stunning paintings as covers for Del Rey's 1980s paperback editions of the work of famed author H.P. Lovecraft. Imagery from both paintings was ultimately published as seven total covers: six using tight details (The Case of Charles Dexter Ward; The Tomb and Other Tales; The Doom that Came to Sarnath and Other Stories; At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror; The Lurking Fear and Other Stories; The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath) and one larger "best of" collection that reproduced a larger section of the paintings.

This diptych is not only one of Whelan's finest and most reproduced paintings, but one of the greatest and most definitive works of art related to the writings of Lovecraft, featuring iconic images that reintroduced the weird fiction master to an entire generation of readers and which have become indelibly connected to his classic tales.

Whelan has also published the two paintings as limited edition prints titled Lovecraft's Nightmare A and B. According to the artist, the pair "form his only real diptych...and the paintings can meet side by side either way with one flowing into the other." The paintings were also reproduced in the art book Michael Whelan's Works of Wonder (Del Rey, 1987) and as the cover for A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, Centipede Press, 2008..

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No apparent condition issues. Not examined outside of frame. Framed under glass to an overall size of 17.25 x 28.25 inches. *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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