JEAN CARLU (1900-1997) GIVE 'EM BOTH BARRELS. 1941. 30x39 3/4 inches, 76x101 cm. U.S. Government Printing Office, [Washington D.C.] Condition B+: repaired tears and restored losses at edges; minor creases and abrasions in margins and image. In 1939, while still in France, Carlu designed a poster promoting the "Anglo-French Day for the benefit of the combatants and their families," featuring two soldiers in profile, a theme which he clearly replicated here, but with far more effect and impact. "A visual analogy is found between a machine gun and a rivet-gun," (Word & Image p. 61) driving home the connection between home front workers and front-line soldiers. This is the larger of two formats.
This work retains original presentation frame constructed from the same material used for the girder of the United States Airship Akron built by Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation. Signed to lower right: [Bourke-White]. Literature: Aluminum by Design, Nichols, pg. 207
An inky, subaquatic portrait from Sakura, “Joris” is part of the “Friends Series” — the artist deriving a subject from friends or familiar faces, then accentuating or manipulating particular values within their portrait to explore their sense of self, as well as his own. The creased, gently floating form suggests a particularly delicate and submerged skin, small beads tucked unto folds and pockets of the surface. The sharp lines and white frame of the glasses sit in contrast to the delicate phrasing of the shaded tones around it, and lend a interesting pulp-graphic intonation.
Color Lithograph- From An American Portrait, 1776-1976. Published by Transworld Art, New York. Blindstamp bottom left corner of margin. Toned, traces of foxing.