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    FRANK FRAZETTA (American b. 1928)
    Masai Warrior, 1960
    Oil on canvas
    45in. x 25in.
    Signed lower right

    This painting was the first of a series of African warrior paintings, which number among Frazetta's largest canvases. For many years this work could be found hanging in the Frazetta family home. This painting was originally presented to Frank's wife, Ellie, as a wedding anniversary gift. In time, the piece was sold, but Frank Frazetta missed it so much that he felt compelled to recreate it (the second, newer version hangs in the Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania). This portrait of a proud native warrior is the original first version, and unlike the majority of Frazetta's highly stylized and soft focus work, this is an exceptionally detailed, photo-realistic and life-like image.


    Condition Report*: unlined original condition, significant paint fluorescence in head and torso of figure due to thick application of paint not yet dried completely, most likely original paint applied by the artist, overall excellent condition.
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2005
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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