"Motor Magazine Cover, September 1930"   Lot no. 855

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By Robert Robinson (American, 1886-1952)

1930 (Estimated)
21.00" x 28.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right



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MOTOR Magazine, The Automotive Business Paper

September, 1930

Magazine Included



A rare surviving cover painting for the long running Motor magazine title which evolved alongside the car industry from the very early years of automobilia through the machine age of progress and invention. Robinson executed these light-hearted Americana views for this Hearst title from the 1920s through the 1950s, this work appeared as the cover for the September 1930 issue. Here, a hard working garage hand is shown using a different sort of elbow grease to pry loose a coin from a tightwad couple by explaining the workings of "Ellbo - A Super Automotive Polish".

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Regarded as a ground breaking illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, Robert Robinson was a key person in working out the possibilities of narrative and humor. Like his peers Charles MacLellan and Leslie Thrasher, he was influenced by Joseph Leyendecker and featured comic situations with young boys and old men. With these depictions, women and little girls came to represent sentimentality.

Robinson's typical work focused on rural men, old "geezer" types.  Some of them had a story telling aspect such as the "Post" cover of November 26, 1910 with an old man at a stove reading an election poster.



Jan Cohn, Covers of the Saturday Evening Post (via askart)