"Men in Newspaper Office"   Lot no. 3873

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By Harry Beckhoff (1901-1979)

12.00" x 16.00"
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
Signed Lower Right



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Harry Beckhoff began his pictorial compositions with small sketches that were almost literally thumbnail in size. These tiny drawings contained all of the information needed for the final rendering – even down to facial expressions. He then pantographed the drawing, about five times larger; and inked in the outlines. The tonal or color areas were painted in with flat washes.

    Beckhoff described his work as having been influenced by the French illustrators Martin, Brissaud and Marty.  He also cited his teachers, George Bridgman, Dean Cornwell, and Harvey Dunn for their encouragement and training.

    The Country Gentleman published his first magazine illustrations in 1929. Beckhoff subsequently worked for many of the other periodicals, but he was most closely associated with the wonderful Broadway characters he drew to illustrate Damon Runyon’s famous stories which ran for many years in Collier’s