Thursday, March 21, 2013

THE BEAUTIES AND BEASTS OF MARGARET BRUNDAGE


Margaret Brundage (Dec. 9, 1900 - April 9, 1976) is widely known as the lone woman artist who illustrated covers for the pulps, in particular, the legendary WEIRD TALES. The long-running "Unique" magazine was noted for its stories of vampires, ghouls, ghosts, and other monsters both sinister and strange.

Brundage preferred to seduce the prospective newsstand buyer with her own style of fantasy art, and for about a half a dozen years it worked quite well. Pairing wolves and other feral beasts with usually naked, wide-eyed females, she created images that were both startling and beautiful. Choosing to work primarily in pastels, Miss Brundage was a mainstay on the covers of WEIRD TALES for a long number of issues.

Up for bid at Heritage Auctions are these stunning examples of Margaret Brundage's singular work. All three have had opening bids of $15,000. Included here are the framed and unframed image, a close-up of her signature, and the cover of the magazine where her work appeared.


The Thing in the Fog (1933). Pastel on paper, 21" x 18.25"





The Blue Woman (1935). Pastel on paper, 21" x 14"






The Six Sleepers (1935). Pastel on paper, 20" x 13"
 



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