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Mahlon Blaine
The Sad Burlesque

1939

$4,000

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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. It's unlikely Blaine or MacAlister ever truly expected the murals to be completed, but perhaps he did. By the following year Blaine was under extensive psychiatric care and dropped completely out of the public eye for the better part of a decade. We are offering the complete series of ten original concept paintings, each illustrating a nude underworld goddess in sordid intimate engagement with manifestations of modernism, industry and the machine age. In this work, the ninth of the series, a nude showgirl dancer does a sad burlesque, her shadow duplicated in silhouette in a Coney Island funhouse style. Both evoking and critiquing the sordid and semi-underground world of Depression-era girlie shows. Painting has been handsomely framed to match the other nine paintings. Sight Size 6" x 16" Framed 14" x 24"

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