Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Greenwich Village Art Show: Helen E. Hokinson New Yorker Cover Art

The Greenwich Village Outdoor Art Show is a perennial New York event which takes place in the vicinity of Washington Square Park. Helen Hokinson's uptown matron seems a bit out of place down in the bohemian Village, but nevertheless she shows off her impeccable credentials as a patron of the arts. The original art for this New Yorker cover from the spring of 1938 was initially priced at $3,500 or so on eBay. When the price was abruptly lowered to $999.99, the artwork was promptly sold to someone who, like this matron in mink, also appreciates the finer arts.

Helen E. Hokinson, Original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937

Helen E. Hokinson, Detail of original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937

Helen E. Hokinson's signature

Helen E. Hokinson, Detail of original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937

Helen E. Hokinson, Detail of original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937

Helen E. Hokinson, Detail of original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937

Helen E. Hokinson's signature

Helen E. Hokinson, Detail of original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937

Helen E. Hokinson, Detail of original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937



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EBay Listing Ended August 24, 2014


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Helen E. Hokinson, Original cover art, The New Yorker, May 29, 1937


Note:  Helen E. Hokinson's society club ladies are her most recognizable creations. See more of them here on the blog, and while you're at it also take a look at some fine examples of original New Yorker cover art.

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