Sunday, May 18, 2014

Airborne Action: Constantin Alajálov New Yorker Cover Art

When America entered World War II, Hollywood patriotically joined the war effort. A studio paratrooper's dramatic parting moments are depicted convincingly and amusingly in original illustration artwork by the very capable Constantin Alajálov. Six years ago, this original wartime art was sold at auction by Du Mouchelles of Detroit. Nowhere in the sales listing is it mentioned that the illustration served as the cover of The New Yorker for January 8, 1944. Still, the art sold for $3,750, a decent enough price, suggesting that bidders either had done their homework or else liked it enough to go after the piece on its own strong merits. Geronimo!

Constantin Alajálov, Original art, The New Yorker, January 8, 1944
Constantin Alajálov, The New Yorker, January 8, 1944

Note:  You might want to brush up on my blog posts about the art of Constantin Alajálov. You never know when it could come in handy.

Read more about original New Yorker cover art.

You might also like to see a few more posts about World War II.


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