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    Beggar on Horseback (Paramount, 1925). Very Fine. Poster Painting (22" X 43.5") Batiste Madalena Artwork.
    Opening in 1922, Rochester, New York became the home of one of the most glorious motion picture theaters in America, thanks to George Eastman, founder of Kodak. The theater was the world-renowned, Eastman Theater. Eschewing all standard studio promotional posters, the theater management hired a young artist named Batiste Madalena, a man in his early twenties who had graduated from art school. He would go on to produce an estimated 1400 of these painting, the vast majority destroyed after the theater sold to Paramount Publix in 1928. This stunning Art Deco image for a comedy from 1925, based on a hit Broadway show of 1924, was written by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. Using Tempera paint on poster board, Madalena drew inspiration from all types of art and in this he seems to draw inspiration from the Cubist movement and perhaps the Delaunays. The work is signed on the lower left. Madalena's work was rediscovered in the 1970s and 80s and was exhibited in galleries and museums. Few come to market these days as most are held in private collections. Other than the most minor outline of a bordering of an acidic matte previously used to frame, the artwork is in magnificent condition.


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    November, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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