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Joel Beck Original Art: Fantasy Round-Up 2 pc Lot

Joel Beck Original Art: Fantasy Round-Up 2 pc Lot
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    JOEL BECK (1944-1999). 2-piece Lot. "Fantasy Round-Up."

    Medium: Pen, brush and ink on bristol board. Dimensions: Visible art 9.5 inches wide x 7 5/8 inches high, with bristol board outside image area appanently glued to the back of a professionally cut blue-gray mat measuring 13.5" x 11.75". Not signed or dated, but believed, from the style and date of other items in consignor's collection to be drawn in the late 1960s.

    There is a second piece in the Lot consisting of a Photostat of the previously described art which is mounted on a heavy silver-backed card stock. (click image at right) The rubber cement is loose on the top half. The Photostat itself is a reproduction but Joel Beck visibly retouched it with ink and white-out , particularly on the left rider and kangaroo-like creature, so that the image in this area is darker, with higher contrast. The original drawing was published in a portfolio, but this variation suggests that the retouched image may have been published elsewhere. A plate from the portfolio is available elsewhere in this web gallery.

    Condition: The original inked drawing itself is in excellent condition but, as noted, the edges outside the image area are glued to the mat. The Photostat is slightly darkened from age and is curling at the top where the original rubber cement has dried up.

    Provenance: Certified to be from the collection of a childhood friend of Beck.

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