Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for May/June 2017

Here are my two entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for May/June 2017. I don't really have a preference between them this time. The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.

"No kidding? My zaide was at Roswell too!"
"I'm an L.G.M.—or a Little Green Mensch."


Glossary:  Zaide is Yiddish for grandfather. A mensch is a person of integrity. Capiche?


Note:  Benjamin Schwartz has created more caption contests than any cartoonist on any planet on any blog. Well, at least on this blog.

If you'd like my take on all the caption contests in the known universe, here's a link to all the cartoon caption contests I ever entered. Look, it's a start. For those who don't have the time or the inclination to peruse that number of caption conundrums, perhaps I can interest you in nearly four years' worth of just my Moment Magazine contests. Of course, if you're a real mensch, you'll visit both.

And let's not forget the LGMs.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #574

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #574 for June 26, 2017. The drawing is by P. C. Vey.

"At last my career is smoking hot!"

These caption ingredients just didn't make it into the mix:
"Dinner will be ready briefly."
"It's time to flip my career."
"My career is really cooking!"


Note:  Last week's Caption Contest cartoonist was again P. C. Vey. Bob Mankoff would never have let this happen.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

E. H. Shepard: Reaching for the Honey Jar

A colored drawing of piglet and Winnie-the-Pooh by Ernest H. Shepard is signed and dated 28 January 1970. It depicts Pooh Bear reaching for a jar of honey and is inscribed "Replica drawing for Leif Dahlberg." It was sold in September of 2015 in Nottingham for 12,000 GBP to London's Chris Beetles Gallery, where it was exhibited at "The Illustrators" 2015 show. It is still available from the gallery for 45,000 GBP. Assuming a buyer's premium and other expenses of about 3,000 GBP from the auction house, this price represents a dealer markup of about 200%. Talk about reaching for the honey jar!



E. H. Shepard
International Autograph Auctions
September 26, 2015





Chris Beetles Item Listing as of June 24, 2017




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Saturday, June 24, 2017

E. H. Shepard: Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Jar

A drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh holding the honey jar was made on camera by E. H. Shepard in the late 1960s for a documentary by Hans Keller. The original art was sold at Sotheby's in December.
E. H. Shepard, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Jar, 1960s


E. H. Shepard
Sotheby's Item Description

E. H. Shepard, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Jar, 1960s


Note:  I have not been able to locate the video clip of Shepard making this drawing. Any assistance would be appreciated.


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Now We Are Six

E. H. Shepard, "The Morning Walk"
A. A. Milne, Now We Are Six, 1927, pages 84-85

E. H. Shepard, "Anne's Balloon"
A. A. Milne, Now We Are Six, 1927, page 86

Now we are six. Six years ago today, your mild-mannered cartoon correspondent brought into being a brand spanking new blog. Yes, you're looking at it now. This sixth anniversary finds me on the cusp of meeting some long-term goals, goals I once foolishly expected I could meet handily more than a year earlier, but which have come to mean less and less to me over time. Hitting a million page views on the blog, for one, makes for a nice round number indeed, but it is hardly a ringing endorsement when only thirty-four people worldwide have opted to follow the blog after six years. Similarly, winning five thousand Twitter followers sounds impressive enough, but it has done very little to drive new traffic to the blog. Rather, I seem to have gotten caught up in a senseless churning process on Twitter where accounts follow me for little reason other than that I will follow them in return. Thus the engagement on Twitter isn't all that much better than when I had but a few hundred followers who were more interested in my actual posts.

Attempted Bloggery All-Time Overview Stats
June 23, 2017

Twitter Followers, June 23, 2017

More to my usual point, Now We Are Six, the title of this post, is first and foremost the title of A. A. Milne's 1927 book of children's verse. Three original illustrations by E. H. Shepard from "The Morning Walk" sequence were sold as a set at Sotheby's in 2012.
E. H. Shepard, "The Morning Walk"
Original art
A. A. Milne, Now We Are Six, 1927

E. H. Shepard, "When Anne and I go out a walk"
Original art
A. A. Milne, 
Now We Are Six, 1927

E. H. Shepard, "Anne's balloon"
Original art
A. A. Milne, 
Now We Are Six, 1927


E. H. Shepard
Sotheby's Item Description, December 12, 2012



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

E. H. Shepard: On the Bridge

An iconic illustration by E. H. Shepard shows Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, and Christopher Robin standing on what is the Posingford Bridge in Sussex and gazing silently at the river below them. It appears in chapter six of A. A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner published in 1928. Sotheby's, in a December 2014 sale, called it "Probably the most famous and evocative book illustration of the twentieth century." One year earlier, the auction house had sold Shepard's long-unseen preliminary pencil sketch as well. Here they are together with their respective auction listings.

E. H. Shepard, "For a long time they looked at the river beneath them saying nothing, and the river
said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon."

A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, chapter six, 1928

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2014/english-literature-history-childrens-books-illustrations-l14408/lot.274.html
The preliminary sketch:
E. H. Shepard, "For a long time they looked at the river beneath them saying nothing, and the river
said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon."

Preliminary art, A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, chapter six, 1928

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/english-literature-history-l13408/lot.397.html


E. H. Shepard, "For a long time they looked at the river beneath them saying nothing, and the river
said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon."

Preliminary art, A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, chapter six, 1928
E. H. Shepard, "For a long time they looked at the river beneath them saying nothing, and the river
said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon."

A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, chapter six, 1928



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

George Grosz on Cape Cod

George Grosz fled from Germany to the U.S. in 1933. He lived in Douglaston, Queens, and between 1936 and 1945 he spent his summers on Cape Cod. There he spent many hours painting among the sand dunes. His paintings are remarkable for the variety of moods they capture. Some are pleasant beach landscapes, but a few seem to embody all the darkness and turmoil he left behind in Europe.

Cape Cod, 1936

http://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=2357+++++608+&refno=++694556&saletype=


Cape Cod, n.d.

Price Realized 

  • £8,813
  • ($12,602)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £4,000 - £6,000
  • ($5,720 - $8,580)

Sale Information

Sale 6616 Lot 166
THE DR ANTON C.R. DREESMANN COLLECTION IMP 
9 April 2002 
Christie's London, King Street
George Grosz (1893-1959) Cape Cod signed 'Grosz' (lower right) watercolour on paper 
13¾ x 17 5/8 in. (34.9 x 44.7 cm.) 

Special Notice

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Provenance

Wolfram L. Ertinger, New York (the artist's lawyer).Mrs Yolanda Ertinger, New York; Sotheby's, New York, 6 April 1978, lot 421 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. C-75).


Truro, Cape Cod Landscape, 1939

Sale 2149 Lot 57 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Truro, Cape Cod Landscape.

Watercolor on cream wove paper, 1939. 250x315 mm; 10x12 1/2 inches. Signed, dated "39" and inscribed "Truro" in red ink, lower left recto. Ex-collection the Addison Gallery, Andover.

Grosz (1893-1959) moved from Berlin to New York in 1933, escaping the Nazi uprising in Germany. He became a US citizen in 1938. Grosz traveled to Cape Cod during the summers from 1936 to 1945 where he made numerous watercolor landscape studies. In his autobiography, he recalled that making the watercolors he, "would roam for hours through the dunes at Cape Cod and try humbly--omitting nothing and adding nothing--to record my feelings with what modest gifts I possessed."
Estimate: $3000 - $5000Sold for $3,600



Cape Cod Landscape with Pine Trees, 1939
Sale 2149 Lot 58 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Cape Cod Landscape with Pine Trees.

Watercolor on cream wove paper, 1939. 250x315 mm; 10x12 1/2 inches. Signed, dated "39" and inscribed "Cape Cod" in red ink, lower left recto. Ex-collection the Addison Gallery, Andover, with the label on the frame back. 
Estimate: $3000 - $5000Sold for $3,400


Cape Cod, 1939
Price Realized
  • £2,350
  • ($3,744)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £2,500 - £3,000
  • ($3,983 - $4,779)

Sale Information

Sale 9686 Lot 87
Christie's London, South Kensington
George Grosz (1893-1959) Cape Cod signed, inscribed and dated 'Grosz 39 Cape Cod' (lower left) watercolour and gouache on paper 
5¾ x 8¼in. (14.7 x 20.8cm.) 

Special Notice

VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium
This lot is subject to Collection and Storage charges
Saleroom Notice
This lot will be included in the George Grosz catalogue raisonné of works on paper being prepared by Mr Ralph Jentsch.
Exhibited
New York, Ritz-Tower Hotel, Art for China, 12-26 Mar 1941 where purchased by Mrs A.M. Loew 



Nude on beach (the artist's wife), c. 1942-1946

Price Realized 

  • $12,925
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    $15,000 - $20,000

Sale Information

Sale 8447  Lot 47
IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART 
8 November 2000
New York, Christie's East
George Grosz (1893-1959)
Nude on beach (the artist's wife)
stamped 'GROSZ' (lower right)
oil on paper laid down on masonite
19¾ x 14¼ in. (50 x 36 cm.)
Painted in Cape Cod circa 1942-1946
 
Storm Clouds, Cape Cod, 1949 lithograph
Sale 2012 Lot 286  Sep 14 2004 10:30 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Storm Clouds, Cape Cod.

Lithograph, 1949. 226x332 mm; 87/8x131/8 inches, full margins. Edition of 252. Signed in pencil, lower right. Published by the Print Club of Cleveland, with the ink stamp verso. A very good, clean impression. Dückers E 110.
Estimate: $500 - $750Sold for $575




Dunes and Grass, 1949 drypoint
Sale 2184 Lot 318 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Dunes and Grass.
Drypoint, 1949. 252x325 mm; 9 7/8x12<5/8> inches, full margins. Edition of 200. Signed in pencil, lower right. Published by The Art Students League, New York. A very good, dark impression. Dückers E 109.
Estimate $400-600
Sold for $475



Note:  What better way to celebrate summer, I ask you, than by sharing your original George Grosz art here on Attempted Bloggery?


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

License Plate for Earning Time-and-a-Half?

If your contractor shows up with this license plate, you might want to negotiate the price in full ahead of time.
"OVRT1ME"
New Jersey License Plate


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Okay, this seems like a good time to review the economics of the hourly wage, as explained by "The Pajama Game's" original Broadway cast. Imagine you work in a pajama factory and you're looking for an increase in your hourly compensation:
"Seven-and-a-Half Cents" 
By Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Janis Paige as Babe Williams
Stanley Prager as Prez
Ensemble
"The Pajama Game" Original Broadway Cast 1954



Readers of this blog may find the 1954 production art to be familiar. It's by Peter Arno.
Peter Arno, "The Pajama Game" 1954 souvenir program


Note:  Why should I have all the fun? Send in your photos of great license plates. I'll pay you twice what I was paying last week.



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