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    Charles Edward Chambers (American, 1883-1941)
    Fire Dancer, circa 1920
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 21 inches (76.2 x 53.3 cm)
    Signed lower right

    [Sale] Grapefruit Moon Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota;
    Private collection, acquired from the above above.

    A luminous and sensational oil on canvas by Charles Edward Chambers, a masterful magazine and advertising illustrator of the jazz age. Chambers created this remarkable, highly sensuous Polynesian enchantress scene as a commissioned interior magazine illustration, likely for Cosmopolitan where he was under exclusive contract for many years. This uninhibited and erotic island dance scene is one of Chambers' finest paintings, marked by a subtle use of color and an unusually lively sense of movement. This is a masterful example of early 20th century exoticism in illustration.

    Works of this caliber by Charles Edward Chambers have not surfaced at auction. The only appropriate comparable to surface was an original advertising painting for Chesterfield Cigarettes that at a High Noon Western Americana Auction on January 20, 2007 sold for $26,450.00

    Information about Charles Chambers Courtesy of 'Who Was Who in American Art' , the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.

    Birth place: Ottumwa, IA

    Addresses: Chicago area; Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY; NYC

    Profession: Painter, illustrator

    Studied: AIC; ASL with Geo. Bridgman

    Exhibited: AIC, 1908; SC, 1918 (prize); NAD, 1931 (2nd Altman prize).

    Member: SI, 1912; C. 1915; Artists Guild (pres.); Allied AA; SI.

    Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.

    Condition Report*: Lined canvas. UV exam, there appears to be inpainting along the top edge as well as several scattered spots of inpainting throughout. Hairline area of paint loss along the frame in the upper left corner. There appears to be very faint craquelure and several tiny possible accretions throughout. Surface dust.
    Framed Dimensions 34.5 X 25.5 Inches
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