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Auction: Contemporary Art Part I
was auctioned on: 28 February 2008
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Mel Ramos

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Estimate: £300,000 - £400,000
ca. US$589,184 - US$785,579
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 141, Views: 63

Mel Ramos Gale Allen – Girls Squadron Leader 1963 Oil on canvas. 126.3 x 113 cm. (49 3/8 x 44 1/4 in). Signed, titled and dated ‘Mel Ramos ‘Gale Allen-Girl Squadron Leader’ 1963’ on the reverse.
Provenance Private collection, New York; Private collection, Germany; Galerie Ricke, Koln, Germany Exhibited New York, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Mel Ramos The Heroines of 1962-64, 5 October – 26 October, 1991 Literature D. Kuspit and L. K. Meisel, Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies: The Complete Paintings, New York, 2004, p. 58 (illustrated); E. Claridge, The Girls of Mel Ramos New York, p. 52 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay Ramos realized that there was a world of female superheroes and villains and turned his attention to the female figure epitomized by these sexy comic book characters. In his later paintings, Ramos costumed heroine acquired a fuller figure than her comic book inspiration.The illusionistic effect of the medallion opening is really trompe l’oeil, with the figure appearing to project from the picture plane. This style with which Ramos had begun to paint his female figures was inspired by the realistic approach of the pin-up artists of the 1930s and 40s. His colors became more vibrant, his contours more flowing. His heroines were now more sexually suggestive. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Contemporary Art Part I
Date of the auction: 28 Feb 2008
Address: Phillips
28 Feb 2008, 7pm London