Friday, April 8, 2016

Upcoming Art Auction: 8 Original Illustrations for Sale!

Eight vintage paintings from the '50s and '60s – Mort's most prolific period creating covers and interior illustrations for popular men's adventure magazines – will be coming up for auction this month.

"Kunstler was at the top of the game in his genre, putting incredible detail and accurate descriptions of uniforms, weapons, and settings into his paintings...Beginning in 1954, he created hundreds of Magazine Management's best-painted covers. His art has appeared in major magazines, such as National Geographic. The Saturday Evening Post, and Newsweek, and his commercial oeuvre also includes film posters and advertising work."
              – Max Allan Collins and George Hagenauer, Men's Adventure Magazines in Postwar America:                      The Rich Oberg Collection, Köln: Taschen GMBH, 2004, p. 500.

The Night the Mob took Over Thrill Park  by Mort Künstler

The Night the Mob Took Over Thrill Park
For Men Only magazine cover, November 1967
Gouache on board
11.5 x 16.625 in. (sight)
Signed lower right
Lot #71109

For Men Only magazine cover, November 1967

The Nude Decoy by Mort Künstler

The Nude Decoy, 1958
Gouache on board
16-1/2 x 18-7/8 inches (unframed)
25-1/2 x 28 inches (framed)
Signed and dated lower left: MKünstler
Lot #71110

The Nude Decoy, Stag Magazine interior illustration, 1958

This painting was used multiple times as double page illustrations for stories in Stag and Sportsman magazines. "My wife Deborah was the model for this illustration done in the 50s. She was pregnant at the time and looked terrific. She still looks great even when she's not pregnant!" - Mort Kunstler

Sexy Trap, Stag or Male magazine illustration, 1968
Gouache on board
15.25 x 23 in. (sight)
signed and inscribed lower right
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Escape From the Tanker  by Mort Künstler

Escape from the Tanker
Gouache on board
15.75 x 18 in. (sight)
Signed lower right
Lot #71112

The Kill-Crazy Life of John Dillinger  by Mort Künstler

The Kill-Crazy Life of John Dillinger, Stag magazine cover, 1968
Gouache on board
19.125 x 14.75 in. (sight)
signed lower right
Lot #71113

Stag Magazine Cover, 1968

The Sinking of Yamato, Stag magazine cover, November 1964
Gouache on board
19.25 x 14.5 in. (sight)
Signed and dated '63' lower right
Lot #71114

Hanging by a Thread  by Mort Künstler

Hanging by a Thread, American Weekly magazine illustration, 1957
Gouache on board
12.5 x 24in. (sight)
Signed lower right
Lot #71115

  Arctic Ordeal, Sports Afield magazine illustration, circa 1959
Gouache on board
19 x 15.75 in.
Initaled lower right

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