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    Arthur Sarnoff (1912-2000) Original Magazine Story Illustration (1945). Arthur Sarnoff had a long and extraordinary career which encompassed a myriad of artistic achievements. As an illustrator, his work appeared as magazine covers and story illustrations in nearly every national magazine. He created some of the most popular calendar images ever published, including his famous series of "pool-playing dogs." He produced scores of gorgeous pin-up and glamour paintings, and developed innovative marketing images for numerous major ad campaigns. Sarnoff was also a respected portrait artist, painting dignitaries, including President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, and celebrities such as Bob Hope and Loretta Young. His fine art work, especially his western and sports paintings, brought him similar acclaim. As a student of Harvey Dunn, he learned what he termed "the fundamentals of painting," which he applied to every aspect of his craft. He was adept at creating any mood and portraying every genre; from puppies to pin-ups - from rowdy to romantic, Sarnoff could capture the moment. This painting was published in McCall's magazine in December, 1945 to accompany the story, When the Bough Breaks. It is rendered in oil on board, measures 10 x 17.5, and is signed lower left.

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