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    Hal Foster Arab Bazaar Merchants Watercolor Illustration Original Art (1927). This is one of the earliest known Hal Foster works ever to come to market. Early in his career, Foster landed a job with the highly successful Palenske-Young Studio where he illustrated ads and magazine covers. His assignments included commercial art for Northwest Paper, Popular Mechanics, Jekle Margarine, Southern Pacific Railroad, Illinois Pacific Railroad, and others. In 1927, the year this piece was painted, Joseph Neebe, an associate of Foster's, went to Tarzana, California for a conference with Edgar Rice Burroughs. Neebe had the brainstorm of adapting popular stories into comic strips, and he suggested adapting Tarzan of the Apes as a comic strip. Burroughs agreed. This piece, painted just before Foster revolutionized cartooning forever, is one of the finest Foster watercolor illustrations known to exist. It has an image area of 14" x 19", and it has been matted to an overall size of 21.5" x 27". The piece has been lightstruck, and there is some color fading; otherwise, the art is in Very Good condition.

    More information about Hal Foster, also known as Foster, Hal, Hal Foster, Harold Foster, Foster, Harold.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2015
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
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