Modern still life silkscreen signed Allen Saalburg on the lower right. The original juxtaposition of elements has a tinge of Surrealism mixed with American Folk. It depicts a large dog on a low table with an upside down bucket with two crystal paperweights on it; behind the dog is bird decoy facing in opposite direction and in the foreground a duck decoy inside a large shell. Allen Saalburg (1899-1987) was an American artist known for his set designs, murals, paintings and illustrations. He was the son of cartoonist Charles Saalburg, he studied at Pratt Insitute, worked and exhibited in Paris and on his return to New York created back drops and set designs for plays and the cinema. Saalburg was hired by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses to create murals for important New York City sites such as the Tavern on the Green, Central Park Zoo, etc. He set up an artist colony in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his literary circle friends including poet Dorothy Parker, photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe, author S.J. Perelman, and many others, and later set up his studio, Canal Press, in nearby Frenchtown, New Jersey. His work are part of the collections of important museums such as The Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Inscription on the page reads as follows:
Canal Press The Guards Allen Saalburg
It comes nicely matted and framed ready to display. IN very good used condition with minor imperfections to frame as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 25 1/2" by 21 1/2; Mat Opening: 18" by 14" approximately.
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