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Old 12-08-2019, 02:49 AM   #1
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Literary and art help needed from our diversified group.

So,
Who knows a story about seduction and a grape vine?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steele_Savage
Probably my favorite artist and he has the coolest name.
I have, and enjoyed, a book he illustrated, the English editition of a book called Droll Tales by a French author named Balzac. It's how I became aware if his odd woodcut print style. I've been looking for an original by this artist for years and my perfunctory search abilities never turn up a thing. I can't even find a print other than a ww2 propaganda poster.
He also did a LOT of science fiction covers for books and magazines.
The style of these two (and the Balzac) is a bit...Macabre... but it catches my fancy. These two are a cross of the woodcut look of the Balzak book and his scifi illustrations.

I found and bought these two water colors today. I did hand wringing for five months before pulling the trigger. At $120 bucks each, I'm safe, and I like them just fine anyway. They're about 24x30,the size I've seen other illustrators use. (and they're both just so damn odd they had to have been done as illustration)
They are signed 'rennart' but the style is so close to the Droll Tales and it's such an odd style, I'm semi convinced these are Steele Savage illustrations for a book.

Here's the help I need:
The art has a congruence of grapes overhead, and gifts or seduction.
They are obviously two different men, possibly two different women and the clothing tells a tale of trysts over years of time.

What I need to know is if the paintings spark any memory of a story. If I know the story, I'll find the book. If I find the book, I'll know if it was Steele Savage as illustrator.

I don't want to buy every book he was associated with.

Thanks.
We're a very diverse group here. I'm hoping someone knows the story.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:19 AM   #2
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Also:
If anyone collects southwestern art.
https://www.google.com/search?client...iw=640&bih=280

I have a few large original oils by this artist. Unseen ever in public, I think possession of the original gives you the right to make prints(look it up incase I'm wrong.) It's her very earliest work.
Look up the price of those prints!

They don't mean anything to me, make me a trade for something neat.
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Old 12-12-2019, 02:24 AM   #3
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L. C. Renart
An ultra rarity.


Not who I wanted them to be but they're tradeable at a Squat load of multiples more than I paid.

I still need help with a biography.
I've verified the signature against a pencil signed print from 1936 but can find only two examples of his work and both are prints not originals.
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Books and Art?
Sorry: I'm completely useless to you...

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A bump.
I'm still looking for the story the watercolors might represent and I'm still looking for original Steele Savage art.

I still have the Penni Ann Cross originals for sale or trade.
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Old 12-25-2020, 03:37 PM   #6
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Hey,
Since it's Christmas and your 3rd cousins lippy third husband is at your house telli gnyou how smart he is;
Ask him if he knows the story these two watercolor painting represent.

Lord knows you don't want to hear any more about his 30 year old liberal arts degree....

Thanks.
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We're actually discussing the subtle nuances in "Christmas Story's" plot.
(Having watched and enjoyed it over 100 times in the past 37 years: I consider myself to be pretty good at wasting time! )
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We're actually discussing the subtle nuances in "Christmas Story's" plot.
The fra-gee-lee(it must be Italian) Christmas story or some other?
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There is no other...
I am vaguely remembering a sequel where Ralph is grown up.
Poorly received....
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I am vaguely remembering a sequel where Ralph is grown up.
Poorly received....
Never wasted any time with it.
Kind of like Woodstock: the sequels were all garbage...
But the original was unforgettable!
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