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Lot # 768 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1942 Fletcher Martin Art Print

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $290.00

Baseball print from renowned blue-collar, American artist Fletcher Martin (1904-1979). A hobo, sailor and lumberjack during his formative years, Martin found inspiration in the rugged life and times of Depression-era America. Leaving a printing job in the 1930s, Fletcher Martin signed on with the Art Project section of the government's Works Project Administration (WPA) and immediately began to capture the moods, attitudes, and situations of everyday Americans. His work often ventured into the diversions that helped the average man escape the hardships of reality, including rodeos, prizefights, racetracks, and saloons. That ideal is carried on here in this magnificent print depicting a baseball player called out sliding into a base. Baseball, of course, was one of the few forms of pure entertainment that continued unabated during the war years, making it perfect Fletcher Martin subject matter. Today Martin's paintings appear at the Metropolitan, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney, among other museums. This is a tremendous portrait of the national pastime rendered gorgeously by an all-American artist. The print is facsimile signed and dated 1942 in the lower left. We are uncertain as to the date of production of this print, and have yet to find another example. Mounted on board and overall in Excellent condition. Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $290.00


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