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American Art – Anton Otto Fischer: On the Lookout, Original Illustration Art c. 1919
77 x 52 cm (30 ¼ x 20 ½ inches) oil on canvas, signed lower right (signature and date half covered by white paint used to whiten the unpainted surface). Re-lined canvas; otherwise in good condition with surface dirt accretions. From the Estate of Charles Martignette.
A father and his daughter on the lookout, ready to react to immediate danger. Whatever the exact situation, this is an excellent a vignette illustration (with text filling the blank space) for a magazine or book inside illustration, by one of the major illustrators of the Golden Age.
German-born illustrator and artist Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962) is best known for his marine work: after all, he started life as a sailor, having been orphaned as a boy. His last ship left him in New York City where he became a US citizen and started work as an illustrator, selling his first piece to Harper's Weekly in 1908. He illustrated Jack London's stories for Everybody's Magazine, and collaborated with the Saturday Evening Post from 1910 to 1958. This illustration is from one of these many stories...
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