Walter Beach Humphrey (1892-1966) Original Magazine Cover Art (1925-1930). This offering by Walter Beach Humphrey, famous for his numerous cover paintings, is the epitome of an art deco subject. Also an extremely romantic rendering; the jester and Shakespearian couples conjuring images of spring and love anew. A consummate artist, Humphrey's work was often compared to his contemporary, Norman Rockwell; and he -- like Rockwell -- created several memorable covers for the Saturday Evening Post. He often chose historical subjects (an example is available in this auction), and his work often graced the covers of Collier's, Liberty and other national magazines. This is a delightful painting and was probably published as a cover for Liberty or The Ladies' Home Journal. It is rendered in oil on canvas, measures 30 x 24 and is signed lower right. The familiar quote along the bottom of the painting, "With a hey and a ho, and a hey nonino... Sweet lovers love the Spring" is from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, Act V, Scene 3.

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