1940s Unusual Art Print of Haunting Face from WPA Era | 1947
Here we have a small print from the 1940s that will get a big reaction from anyone passing by. It's a framed art print of a haunting face with huge eyes coming out of the shadows. I can't stop looking at this thing, and I'm not sure if that's good or back. Who am I kidding...,I love this thing. The dichotomy of the small print and matting makes it look like he's looking through a square hole in a white wall. And then those eyeballs...
The small WPA era print is pencil signed "G. Anthony Hallett", and dated 1947. It's titled "Head"...aptly so. The artist is still a mystery to me. On the reverse, someone wrote the following:
"To Lee & Sylvia Cooperman - Betty & Jerry Hallett - 9/24/60"
A relative may have been part of the distribution network. The actual artist may have stepped out of the shadows, produced this outstanding artwork, and disappeared back into the shadows. If so, it works for me.
The framed artwork measures just over 13" tall and 10" wide. The exposed artwork measures just over 6" tall and 3" wide. The vintage framing lives up to the name. There is a moisture stain the bottom right corner of the matting, which aligns with the paper stain on the reverse. I doubt it's affecting the actual print. The artwork is experiencing some ripples from the vintage framing. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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So creepy, so unusual, and so right. I hope the artist had a fulfilling life in the shadows.