76 x 127 cm (30 x 50 inches) oil on canvas signed lower right. Inscription verso: "Manus page 15 / Covering Him. Moving Backward With Him While He Staggered Down the Beach". Stretcher creases visible; 6 x 7-inch area of mechanical craquelure on the upper right edge; otherwise in very good condition.
This very large story illustration is obviously in the darker vein of the American Art collection, and relatively formulaic and stiff in its treatment for Harold Von Schmidt, with the soldiers looking more like lead figurines than live human beings. We are close in spirit and aesthetics to pulp illustration. This would be perfect in the dark den of a collector who never really outgrew his taste for pulp and formulaic war comics. Lighting will have to be carefully studied to prevent reflection, as with any dark painting.
Harold Von Schmidt (1893 - 1982) was a major illustrator of the Golden Age of Illustration, published in magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Weekly and Cosmopolitan. His works are featured in many museum collections, among which: * The National Museum of American Illustration * Rockwell Museum of Western Art * R. Mitchell Museum * Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Museum * Montana Historical Society * National Baseball Hall of Fame * National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum * Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum * Sangre De Cristo Arts Center * Stark Museum of Art * The Navy Museum-US Navy Art Collection * United States Air Force Museum.