"Part-Time Wife, paperback cover"   Lot no. 4535

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By Lou Marchetti (Italian 1920-1992)

17" x 12"
Oil on Board
Signed lower right



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This illustration was published as the paperback cover of Part-Time Wife by Gerald Foster (1953).

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Born in Fondi, Italy, Lou Marchetti emigrated to the streets of New York City.  His dream to become an artist became reality with his acceptance to the Art Students' League where he studied under such renowned artists as: Robert B. Hale, Jean Liberte, Frank McNulty and Frank Reilly, who was his mentor.

In the 1950's Marchetti's talents found a ready market in the commercial area with his illustrations appearing in the popular magazines of the era -- Look, Life, True, and The Saturday Evening Post.  The portrait of Marilyn Monroe was done in 1974 for True For Men.  This was in the magazine with an article by Earl Wilson called: "Marilyn Monroe And The Kennedy Brothers," excerpted from Earl Wilson's book Show Business Laid Bare, Putnum & Sons.  It was however, in the field of paperback covers, working with the giants of the industry, Avon, Ballantine, Pocket Books, Dell Warner, Popular Library and Fawcett Publishing that Lou Marchetti's talents became best known. This field, more than any other commercial area allowed this artist to use his full creativity.

Towards the end of his life he retired from commercial illustration and in a sense, returned to his roots and devoted most of his time to painting what he loved most, the landscapes of Southern Italy, where he was born.


Art Student's League, NYC


Magazine Illustrations:

The Saturday Evening Post, Time, Life, and Look Magazine.


He is also a member of the Society of Illustrators (NYC)