L. Goddard Figurative Painting - Song of the Nile
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L. Goddard
Song of the Nile



Song of the Nile is an original art deco Egyptian-themed mixed media calendar illustration by L. Goddard. The piece appeared in 1931 as a Great Depression-era published calendar by the American Art Works Company, Coshocton Ohio. A 1933 published advertising calendar for Goodrich Tires of the work is included in the sale. L. Goddard was the pseudonym for a pair of enterprising commercial artists: L.G. Woolfenden, a successful Detroit area commercial photographer, and Rudolphe/ Rudolph Ingerle, a Vienna born fine art landscape artist who exhibited to great fanfare at museums and galleries in Chicago in the early 20th century. Their collaborative efforts resulted in some of the finest and most spectacular images of the Calendar genre. The pair was known for fantasy-laden, Depression-era escapist themes: exotic Indian maidens, gypsies, harem girls, Art Deco Egyptian beauties and Grecian maidens conceived in vivid land of classical dreamscapes. The process of the creation of these works was ingenious: Woolfenden would photograph models in studio settings and these photos would be sized, cut and applied to a canvas. Then Ingerle would create a scene around the figures using oil paints, adding colored details to the photographic element of the works to blend the mediums into a seamless and believable reproducible canvas. Signed LL. Sight Size 19 3/4" x 26 3/4" Framed 35 1/2" x 42 1/4"


  • Artist
    L. Goddard (American)
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  • Dimensions
    H 42.25 in. x W 35.50 in.H 107.32 cm x W 90.17 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Minneapolis, MN
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