This original painting was used as the cover for the June 1931 issue of the Ladies Home Journal and is attributed to Knute O. Munson, a commercial artist who later gained famed as a pin-up artist. The oil on canvas measures 16" by 13" and is framed out in its original stepped Art Deco frame to 17.75" by 14.5". Signed only Munson lower left, this illustration has been the subject of discussion as to whether the work is by K.O. Munson since the signature differs from that on his later work. Unfortunately there is no attribution in the original magazine that identifies the artist. Several sites attribute this cover to him and one mentions the similarity of the signature and the style of the painting to that of his teacher Andrew Loomis'. Munson (1900-1967) studied with Andrew Loomis, who pointed him toward advertising (Goodrich, Lucky Strike, Ice Follies, Milky Way) and Harvey Dunn. But it was friend Earl Moran who gave him the most successful suggestion: glamour pin-ups. Munson's pretty pastel girls graced calendars, blotters, postcards, matchbooks, and promotions. Marked on the back "June Cover." This painting also bears the name of Chicago advertising executive Sid Wells on the back having been purchased from his estate over 20 years ago. The works stands on its own: a sensitive and skillful portrayal of a lovely, pensive bride. I've added an image of the original cover for reference. Condition of the work is excellent in original untouched condition. The original frame does show wear commensurate with its age and is in good condition. Published original illustration art of such age & beauty is quite scarce.
Art Deco Bride 1931 Ladies Home Journal Cover Original Illustration