Robert E. McGinnis (born 1926) Queen of Hearts 27 3/4 x 17 1/8in (70.5 x 43.5cm)

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Lot 53
Robert E. McGinnis
(born 1926)
Queen of Hearts 27 3/4 x 17 1/8in (70.5 x 43.5cm)

Sold for US$ 8,825 inc. premium

American Art

19 Nov 2019, 16:00 EST

New York

Property from the Collection of Laurie McGinnis
Robert E. McGinnis (born 1926)
Queen of Hearts
signed 'R. McGinnis' (lower right) and signed again and inscribed 'To/: My daughter Laurie, with love, Dad / Robert McGinnis ©' (on the reverse)
tempera on board
27 3/4 x 17 1/8in (70.5 x 43.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The artist.
    Gift to the present owner from the above, circa 2011.

    Literature
    M. Mehmet, Diana in Art, London, 2007, p. 29, illustrated.

    With a career spanning more than 40 years, Robert McGinnis has distinguished himself as a versatile, prolific artist and as one of America's greatest living illustrators. McGinnis was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1926 and grew up in rural Wyoming, Ohio. In 1943 after finishing high school, McGinnis made his way to California and began his career as an apprentice animator for Walt Disney Studios. World War II, however, interrupted the production of animated films and motivated McGinnis to return to Ohio to enroll at Ohio State University to study fine art and attend night classes at the Central Academy of Commercial Art. The connections he established within the field of illustration there inspired him to move to New York City in 1953 with his wife, Fern, and take up a position creating advertising posters with Fredman-Chaite Studio. While there, his work appeared in numerous publications and various print advertising outlets, such as Ladies Home Journal, Time, National Geographic, and The Saturday Evening Post. By chance, he was introduced to an agent by a fellow artist who presented samples of his work to the book publisher Dell. With new representation and high demand for his work from notable clients, McGinnis produced an astounding body of highly expressive illustrations and fine art.

    In 1992, McGinnis was inducted into the Illustrators' Hall of Fame alongside the ranks of legendary illustrators. For nearly two generations, McGinnis has interpreted the story lines and mythical characters of famed authors, such as Earle Stanley Gardner, Carter Brown and John D. MacDonald. McGinnis has also been unofficially dubbed the original James Bond artist of the world, creating tantalizing interpretations of the famous MI6 agent's heroic and erotic life story.

    The present work is a unique and prime example of McGinnis' artistic talent. Working in egg tempera on board, McGinnis has depicted the late Diana, Princess of Wales and queen of the people's hearts in all her glory. McGinnis has imagined her adorned in diamond studded jewels and dressed in a slimming silk and lace gown with intricate gold embroidery hand-stitched throughout. She stands poised within a palatial interior that the viewer can imagine as one of the many decadent rooms of Kensignton palace, her official residence until her death in 1997. Every detail, from her charming smile to the pink rose that she holds delicately, invites the viewers gaze upon her beauty and grace. McGinnis admired Diana's humanitarian efforts and the kindness she bestowed on those around her, inspiring him to paint the present work as a tribute to her memory.
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