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Gary Hallgren Original Art: LES DEMOISELLES de NANCY


Gary Hallgren Original Art: LES DEMOISELLES de NANCY
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    GARY HALLGREN (1945-) Fritzi Ritz painting: “LES DEMOISELLES de NANCY.”

    Pablo Picasso’s 1907 classic “Les Demoiselles de Avignon” hangs in the Museum of Modern Art and is this unavailable, even if you could afford it. But you probably can afford this remarkable Gary Hallgren version, with the usually idealized visage of Nancy depicted in a disconcertingly confrontational manner, lacking any conventional femininity or vestige of cuteness. Like Picasso’s immortal women of the evening, the Nancy variants appear slightly menacing, rendered with angular and disjointed body shapes. If you harbor even slight guilt feelings about loving Nancy, thinking her somehow unhip and déclassé, toss those misplaced feelings aside: even your snooty intellectual friends will respect this masterpiece when they view it hung unashamedly on your wall.

    Acrylic painting on illustration board, shrink-wrapped against ¼-inch foam board. Painted in August 2015. Dimensions 15 x 20 inches. Signed by the artist. 

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    About the artist: Gary Hallgren’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, MAD, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and National Lampoon (his Pinocchio cover for the Lampoon is an all-time classic). And he illustrated all of the best-selling books by Dr. Mehmet Oz. But he's probably best known as a key member of the infamous “Air Pirates.” Hallgren teamed with Dan O'Neill, Ted Richards, Bobby London, and Shary Flenniken to produce two notorious issues of Air Pirates Funnies, which contained X-rated parodies of Mickey & Minnie Mouse, causing the Walt Disney organization to unleash its army of lawyers on the unruly underground cartoonists. The battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 9-0 in favor of Disney. Hallgren currently paints personal visions of his favorite comics, especially “Nancy & Sluggo," he collects vintage Studebakers, and he ghosts one of America's most famous syndicated newspaper strips

    Related items: Besides additional Gary Hallgren paintings, we have Nancy & Sluggo silk neckties, Ernie Bushmiller postcards, several rare N&S pinback buttons, and the coolest Nancy poster ever.



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