Richard Cardiff Figurative Painting - Wanted Dead or Alive
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Richard Cardiff
Wanted Dead or Alive

1940s

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With muted, neutral shades of browns and a stern, serious atmosphere, this oil on board painting presents a solemn picture of life, crime, and justice in the Wild West. A flinty man in a three piece suit with a gun belt wrapped around his waist stands tall and severe at his desk. He leans his knuckles onto the top of the wood, a gavel gripped in one hand. An ink well and feather pen sits before a piece of paper he has been writing on. The dimly lit wall behind him displays a single Wanted poster tacked up to the rough wood grain. The window to the right gives a clear view of the gallows backlit by the setting desert sun. A convicted criminal still hangs from the noose. This austere, bearded man clearly acted as judge, jury, and executioner during those untamed and wild days of western life. This has been signed by the artist Richard Cardiff in the lower right corner. Cardiff is best known for his work for detective pulps and his covers for Signet paperbacks. We have not yet found the original publication usage for this painting, though it was clearly used as cover art for a Western pulp stories book/magazine. Measures a framed 18" x 23.75" with a sight size of 13" x 19"

Details

  • Artist
    Richard Cardiff
  • Creation Year
    1940s
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 23.75 in. x W 18 in.H 60.33 cm x W 45.72 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Reference Number
    LU12223426241
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