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Mahlon Blaine
Feeding the Man

1939

$5,500

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An accomplished artist and illustrator, and a cult figure in the world of underground New York publishing, Mahlon Blaine is remembered for his erotic and subversive art deco Beardsley inspired paintings. In the late 1930s, Blaine began work on one of his most ambitious projects. With the noted interior designer Paul Ritter MacAlister, Blaine created a series of ten mural concept paintings for MacAlister’s proposed New York City showroom. The final murals, with images featuring haunting and surreal takes on the hyper-sexualized and industrial machine-age culture of modernist Manhattan, were never executed. The concept paintings feature giantesses in coitus with skyscrapers, and nudes on "gadgets" invented with obsessional detail. In this work a nude hand feeds dollar bills to an animate yet robotic cash register which serves as the greedy symbolic manifestation of industry. Again the artist employs a patriotic red, white, and blue color palette to alarming effect. Nicely framed and matted behind glass from the estate of Paul Ritter MacAlister. Sight Size 12" x 16" Framed 19 1/2" x 23 1/2"

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