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    Description

    Morton Künstler (American, b. 1931)
    The Spy Ring of French Penal Girls, Men interior story illustration, May 1959
    Gouache and tempera on board
    17.5 x 16 in.
    Signed lower right

    PROVENANCE:
    Heritage Auctions, March 1, 2012, lot 78184;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    This painting was also printed in True Action magazine, circa October 1960, pp 20-21 as an illustration for the story "The French Hostesses Who Gave a Wehrmacht Regiment the Kiss of Death," by Howard Booth.

    LITERATURE:
    Magazine Illustration Men, May 1959, The Spy Ring of French Penal Girls, vol. 8 no. 5, double - page spread;
    Magazine Illustration True Action, ca. 1960, The French Hostesses Who Gave a Wehrmacht Regiment the Kiss of Death, by Howard Booth, pp. 20-21, flopped image illustrated in black and white;
    Magazine cover Action Life, 1964, February 1964.


    Note: Original painting was painted as a two page spread, with left half full color and right half blue and black with a white box for copy. Artist cut off the right half in 2010.


    More information about Künstler, Morton, also known as Künstler, Morton, Kunstler, Mort, Kunstler, Morton, Mort Künstler.

    Condition Report*: Surface grime on the border edges; frayed corners. Image is in good condition. Not framed. Overall size of 20 x 17.25 inches.
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