" Blondin Crossing Niagara "   Lot no. 3608

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By Tom Lovell (1909-1997)

1953 (Estimated)
23.25" x 24.63"
Oil on Masonite
Signed Lower Left



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This piece was published as an illustration in True Magazine titled "Blondin Crossing Niagara" in 1953. Born Jean-François Gravelet, Charles Blondin was an acrobat famous for crossing Niagara Falls on a single 1,100-foot-long tightrope on June 30, 1859. He performed the stunt several times thereafter and added several variations to the routine, such as crossing while blindfolded, wearing stilts, pushing a wheelbarrow and making an omelet at the halfway mark.

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Had an extreme attention for detail and rarely completed more then a dozen major oil paintings a year. He was a Freelance illustrator for many well-known magazines including Colliers and the Saturday Evening Post and become known as a pulp illustrator. His work depicting life in the old west earned him his reputation of Dean of Western Art and allowed him to win just about every major Western Art prize that exist. He was voted into the Society of Illustrators in 1974 and was chosen to receive two Gold Metals.