Friday, September 22, 2017

Country Signs of Autumn: Barbara Shermund Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Tourists flock to the country every autumn to experience the abundance of fall colors. Barbara Shermund's undated cover proposal for the New Yorker celebrates these colors and some of the signs that await tourists in their travels. But these are not your ordinary country road signs; instead they seem to have multiplied out of control. No fewer than three different signs welcome tourists, and written labels have been applied by the artist to just about everything in sight. The resulting artwork is sumptuous but very busy indeed—perhaps a bit too unfocused for use by the editors of the New Yorker.

Barbara Shermund proposed New Yorker cover art

Barbara Shermund
James Cummins, Bookseller
Listing as of July 16, 2017

January 7, 2019 Update:  The price is higher on eBay but it remains the same on the bookseller's website.

Note:  Attempted Bloggery is a blog for all seasons. I seek scans or photos of high-quality original art by Barbara Shermund and other New Yorker artists. I'm also looking for proposed cover art like this that didn't quite make the cut. Think of me winter, spring, summer, or fall.

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