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    Frank Frazetta The Tempest Oil Painting Original Art (1988). This magnificent painting is the second version of a similar painting, the 1967 paperback cover for Lin Carter's novel Thongor Against the Gods. This unforgettable image of a brawny barbarian jolted by an elemental lightning strike from the heavens above has inspired other spin-off projects such as Richard Williams' famous animated cologne commercial for Jovan Sex Appeal in 1978. In the mid-eighties Frazetta was commissioned to paint this larger, revised version of the Thongor scene for a computer software ad campaign. With this added exposure this pose became an iconic touchstone of the late '60s-early '90s -- a euphoric moment of enlightenment, symbolic of a Prometheus unbound.
    Frazetta scholars have often opined that this iconic pose is one of the seminal images of modern fantasy art. The popular culture paintings that Frazetta once created for a fee of a few thousand dollars have quickly advanced to the five-figure range in the collector's market, and the going rate for prime Frazetta fantasy masterworks has climbed steadily. With a limited number of these masterpieces offered in the marketplace and collector demand unabated, it seems probable that today's hammer price may be seen as a bargain in the years ahead. This peak period, world-class oil on Masonite painting by the universally acknowledged "world-beater" of fantasy art, Frank Frazetta, measures an overall 16.5" x 24". It's in Excellent condition, and is signed with the hallmark flourishes of the classic Frazetta signature at the lower left.


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    November, 2013
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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