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DescriptionCharles 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.
Framed Dimensions 34.5 X 25.5 Inches
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