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    Frank Frazetta - Original Watercolor Rough for "A Requiem for Sharks" (Doubleday, circa 1973). Originally done as a promotional painting for Doubleday's Mystery Book Club, this was Frazetta's original concept for this piece. Revised in the 1980s, the final version was quite different, making this a unique look into the artist's mind at the moment of inspiration. Frazetta's trademark ambiguity is apparent here: Who is the woman? Is she food...or threat? By balancing the composition as he does, Frazetta gives each figure equal importance, and heightens our interest, as we are free to extrapolate our own story from this magnificent image. Frank says of this work, "The book club stuff was fun: no one told me what to do. They were happy to have me and I was happy for the variety." Frazetta's roughs have been gaining in popularity in the collector's market, finally being appreciated as the fine art pieces they are in their own right. This piece measures approximately 5.5" x 7.5" and is in superb condition. Roughs are an excellent way for both the experienced and novice Frazetta collectors to acquire a piece from the legendary artist for a far lesser price than the corresponding painting.

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    July, 2002
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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