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Mahlon Blaine
The Passage

1939

$3,500

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The tenth and last mural concept painting by Mahlon Blaine for a New York City public space designed by noted industrial designer Paul Ritter MacAlister. This work is stylistically a departure, a cubist abstract half man/half woman nude that guards or invites one into a passageway in a color palette and modernist style suggestive of Picasso. Beautifully matted and framed from the estate of Paul Ritter MacAlister. In the late 1930s, avant-garde illustrator Mahlon Blaine, working under the pseudonym G.Christopher Hudson, created a series of illustrations which were intended to become murals for the studio or showroom of noted New York City interior designer Paul MacAlister. Offering a dark and pessimistically erotic commentary on the skyscraper landscape that was taking over Manhattan, it's unclear if Blaine and MacAlister believed these murals would ever be approved, or if the preliminary artworks were exclusively created as an oblique social satire. Blaine treated each individual painting in the series as its own completed stand alone artwork, with painstaking detail and inspired yet terrifying imagery. The series was Blaine's last commission for some time--the following year Blaine entered psychiatric care and dropped completely out of the public eye for the better part of a decade. Sight Size 12" x 16" Framed 19 1/2" x 24"

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