DescriptionRobert Crumb Despair "It's Really Too Bad" Page 2 Original Art (Print Mint, 1969). R. Crumb works out some heavy thoughts in this second page from the lead-off story in Despair, his 1969 solo comic. The bloom was definitely off the rose for Crumb here, as the sudden success of his work caused an onslaught of hangers-on and money-hungry dealmakers demanding his time and efforts. San Francisco, where Crumb was living, also went through a dark period as the blissful mood in Haight-Ashbury suddenly became tense, when crowds of curious onlookers and hustlers filled the streets. The political mood in 1969 was much as it is today, with youthful opposition to President Nixon and protests against the Vietnam War that divided the nation. "Perhaps these are the last days" indeed!
But even in his darkest moments, Robert Crumb's artwork is a joy to behold, especially when his style was more casual, as it is here. This page is in ink and whiteout on Bristol board, with an image area measuring 8" x 12". The art is in a floating mat and nicely framed with Plexiglas for an overall size of 16.25" x 20.25". Stickers on the reverse side show that the page was included in two important exhibits of R. Crumb art in Paris and Los Angeles. The deluxe coffee-table book published in conjunction with the Paris show, R. Crumb De l'underground a la Genese also features this page. There is some handling wear, toning, and edge wear, but nothing that adversely affects the image area. Very Good condition. From the Eric Sack Collection.
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