Harry Bennett
Cry Shame
1950

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

This original gouache painting by Harry Bennett was used as cover art for the Pyramid paperback publication of "Cry Shame" written by Gore Vidal under the pseudonym Katherine Everard. During his early career, Vidal published under several pseudonyms in order to evade the accusation that the rate of his publishing made it impossible for him to be a "serious" literary author. Though published under a pulp imprint, and with all the trappings of lurid melodrama, the book has lived on as an intriguing tale of of a "wise-beyond-her-years 13-year-old who begins her show biz career as a singer in a New Orleans nightclub and eventually becomes a Hollywood star, married to a much older man and in love with an 'ambisextrous movie star."

This artwork was created to capitalize on the sexual undertones of the life of the theater, and illustrated the first paperback release of the book (also known as "A Star's Progress). This is a singular opportunity to own an original piece of both illustration art and literary history, with playful and colorful style. Painting is handsomely matted and framed behind glass - from the estate of Charles Martignette.

Sight Size 10" x 12 1/2" Framed 16" x 18 3/4"
Details
Artist
Harry Bennett (1919-2012, American)
Creation Year
1950
Medium
Illustration Board
Gouache
Movement & Style
Pop Art
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
18.75 in. H x 16 in. W
Dealer Location
Minneapolis, MN
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU1222645002
Contact The Seller
1stdibs seller since 2015
Located in Minneapolis, MN

More from this Seller

Cold War Cathouse
Cold War Cathouse
Mort Künstler
Gouache, Illustration Board
A tense and hyper-realist original gouache illustration by the highly regarded and prolific illustrator Mort Künstler, that appeared as an interior 2-page spread in the May 1963 editio...
Being a Mother Yourself...
Being a Mother Yourself...
Stan Galli
Gouache, Illustration Board
This humorous yet disturbing Americana illustration from 1951 captures the exasperation of an archetypical housewife in the early baby boom years. Artist Stan Galli shows a pretty yet s...
Trailer Camp Woman
Trailer Camp Woman
Unknown
Gouache, Illustration Board
Promising a gritty look at life for the growing number of Americans who were moving to mobile homes throughout the 1950s, the 1960 Beacon Books title Trailer Camp Woman by Doug Duperrau...
Buell's Beauties - September 1961
Buell's Beauties - September 1961
Alfred Leslie Buell
Gouache, Illustration Board, India Ink
This original gouache and ink Al Buell published pin up was painted in 1957 for the Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company, and first appeared as the September 1961 image for a 12 page calend...
The Captive
The Captive
James Meese
Gouache, Illustration Board
A blood red, action packed paperback cover painting by the prolific artist and illustrator James Alfred Meese, this appeared on an as of yet unidentified title. This large format oil-o...
Edwardian Beauty of The Motor Age
Edwardian Beauty of The Motor Age
Malcolm Strauss
Gouache, Illustration Board
New York artist and illustrator Malcolm A. Strauss specialized in genre works of early motor carriages. The artist created posters for The Automobile Club of America showing early car r...
The Toast of Manhattan
The Toast of Manhattan
Mahlon Blaine
Gouache, Illustration Board
In the late 1930s, avant-garde illustrator Mahlon Blaine, working under the pseudonym G. Christopher Hudson, created a series of ten illustrations, (this being the eighth) which were in...
The Children's Theater
The Children's Theater
Bernard Gussow
Gouache, Illustration Board
This narrative and colorful painting by the Russian-American illustrator Bernard Gussow appeared as the cover for the March, 1925 issue of Theatre Magazine - The Magazine For Playgoers....
Hell Cat
Hell Cat
Harry Barton
Gouache, Illustration Board
A signed gouache on illustration board painting by Harry Barton, created as the cover for Dorine Clark's 1959 novel Hell Cat. This original artwork is a prime example of the boundary pu...
The Cottage
The Cottage
Herbert Paus
Gouache, Illustration Board
A well-rendered and precise colorful interior gouache painting of unknown usage by one of our favorite Art Deco-era illustrators Herbert Paus. This large, signed work depicts what appea...
Radio Device Guides the Blind
Radio Device Guides the Blind
Joseph Pigone
Gouache, Illustration Board
Joseph Pignone created this haunting and just mesmerizing gouache illustration painting for the July 1934 cover of Radio-Craft magazine. In this visually commanding original cover illus...
Trailer-Camp Girl
Trailer-Camp Girl
Isabel Dawson
Gouache, Illustration Board
A subversive and suggestive gouache painting by Isabel Dawson which appeared as the cover of the Stallion Books paperback Trailer Camp Girl, a 1953 offering written by Doug Duperault. T...