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    Frank Frazetta - Original Oil Painting, "Brooklyn Dreams" (1962). Brooklyn Dreams is an oil painting by the great Frank Frazetta that was executed in 1961 or 1962 for Tower Publications as a possible cover for one of the men's paperback novels that were abundant at that time. It wasn't used at the time because of the financial failure of several of those companies (It was finally published in 1999 as "Pinup", on page 147 of Frank Frazetta: Legends). It should be noted that Frazetta did a series of pen and brush "girlie" illustrations for a wide assortment of men's magazines and paperbacks during this period. All those originals have been lost or destroyed, with the exception of two pen illustrations and this oil. The piece features an image area of 13" x 20" and is in excellent condition. It is executed on standard illustration board. The reverse contains a series of lively jumping horse studies drawn in pencil. This oil is an excellent example of Frazetta's approach, a rich mix of power and subtlety. One can't help noticing the fascinating counterpoint between the explosiveness of the subject's voluptuous body and her rather pensive pose. The flesh tones feature beautifully blended colors, a Frazetta trademark. The breast area is a kaleidoscope of soft tints. The changing background colors reflect the changing moods in the girl's thoughts. This painting conjures a wonderful and beguiling story that speaks directly to the viewer's imagination. What is this scene? What is happening? Is she waiting for a lover? Is she a common prostitute dreaming of better things? Perhaps she is just trying to get some air on her balcony during a hot Brooklyn night? There is a narrative puzzle here that both enchants and satisfies.

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    December, 2002
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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