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    Rolf Armstrong (American, 1889-1960)
    Carmen, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, 1929
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 80 in.
    Signed lower right

    In 1929, Rolf Armstrong returned from a year in Paris. Inspired by the exotic beauties captured by French artists seen in the salons, museums, and galleries, Armstrong completed four monumental nudes - The Enchantress, The Song of India, Arabian Nights, and the present work, Carmen. Named after Georges Bizet's famous Opera, Carmen is the last of the four Paris Nudes to be offered at auction. The striking palette of yellow, red, and black arrests the eye and draws the viewer into the sultry details of red fringe and black lace. It's epic, larger than life size highlights its importance and underscores the seductive nature of the Spanish dancer, Carmen.

    In addition to being published in calendars from Brown & Bigelow, this illustration was also published in 1930s as the packaging for the "Carmen Brand" latex condoms. Carmen was also reproduced on page 113 of The Art of the Pin-Up by Dian Hanson, Sarahjane Blum, and Louis K. Meisel, Tacschen, 2014.

    A framed vintage tear sheet and a vintage Carmen Brand packaging accompanies this lot.


    More information about Rolf Armstrong, also known as Armstrong, Rolf, Rolf Armstrong.



    Condition Report*: Glue-lined on new stretchers; minor craquelure; otherwise, work appears in good overall condition. Framed to 66.5 x 86.5 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. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. 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. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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