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James Montgomery Flagg Art of Jean Harlow Sells for $6,863 at NateDSanders.com

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James Montgomery Flagg Art

James Montgomery Flagg art is mostly known for his famous illustrations of the early 20th century.  We at NateDSanders.com Auctions, have sold a bunch of James Montgomery Flagg art, but here are our best two James Montgomery Flagg art examples:

James Montgomery Flagg Art, A Charcoal Portrait of Jean Harlow by Famed Illustrator

James Montgomery Flagg art, a charcoal portrait of actress Jean Harlow. The foremost early 20th century illustrator is best known for his iconic “Uncle Sam Wants YOU” recruitment poster from WWI, but his vast body of work runs the gamut from the political to the cinematic. Flagg’s renditions of Hollywood royalty were commissioned to grace “Photoplay” covers from 1936-1938. “Photoplay,” published by McFadden, was the most prominent film magazine of its time among fans and industry alike, and sponsored the first awards ceremonies for cinematic achievements. With red as the only color added to Harlow’s image, this piece is characteristic of Flagg’s Photoplay line of portraits. Harlow joins Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, and Joan Crawford as Photoplay cover girls, all of whom Flagg styled in this manner. The captivating film actress Jean Harlow was among the magazine’s favorite faces, appearing on the covers of the August 1932 issue, May 1935 and March 1937. Her untimely death at age 26 was a loss felt deeply by the industry and left her public shocked and devastated. Harlow pioneered the blonde bombshell image, and is often said to have paved the way for Marilyn Monroe’s platinum persona. Signed “James Montgomery Flagg” to the lower right. Measures 13.75″ x 17.25″. Toning, very light foxing and a minor tear to the right edge, else near fine. A stunning portrait of a style icon at the height of her influence, drawn by one of the most widely-recognized purveyors of cultural imagery in America in the 1930’s.  A very high price realize for James Montgomery Flagg art.   This James Montgomery Flagg art piece sold for $6,863.

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Charcoal Portrait of Jean Harlow by Famed Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg

Charcoal Portrait of Joan Crawford as ”Queen of the Movies” — by Famed Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg art, a charcoal portrait of actress Joan Crawford. The foremost illustrator of the early 20th century is best known for his iconic ”Uncle Sam Wants YOU” recruitment poster from WWI, but his vast body of work runs the gamut from the political to the cinematic. Flagg’s renditions of Hollywood royalty were commissioned for ”Photoplay” covers from 1936-1938. ”Photoplay,” published by McFadden, was the most prominent film magazine of its time among fans and industry alike, and sponsored the first awards ceremonies for cinematic achievements. With just two colors added to Crawford’s portrait, red on her lips and blue on her eyes, this piece is characteristic of Flagg’s Photoplay line. Crawford joins Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow as Photoplay cover girls, all styled by Flagg in this manner. Crawford began her career as a dancer and cultivated an alluring image with a flapper persona. She successfully made the perilous transition from silent films to talkies and was dubbed ”Queen of the Movies” in 1937. Her name is handwritten and ”James Montgomery Flagg” signs to the lower right. Measures 13.75” x 17.25”. Toning and a minor tear to the right edge, else near fine. The James Montgomery Flagg art here is the cousin of the Jean Harlow above and sold for less.  This James Montgomery Flagg art piece sold for $3,781.

Joan Crawford Memorabilia James Montgomery Flagg Art

Charcoal Portrait of Joan Crawford as “Queen of the Movies” — by Famed Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg

Charcoal Portrait of Joan Crawford as ”Queen of the Movies” — by Famed Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg

To auction, buy or sell James Montgomery Flagg art in our James Montgomery Flagg art auction, please contact NateDSanders.com at (310) 440-2982 or Nate@NateDSanders.com.

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