Sunday, May 4, 2008
"Put-Put Troubles" (1940)-Master Background
I never really paid any attention to the backgrounds until I was offered a few of them. I guess I was too wrapped up in the action to really notice the quality behind the characters. When this Master Background from "Put-Put Troubles" (1940) was rolled out in front of me I really was not prepared for a piece of art almost 5-feet wide! On top of that, the level of detail was impressive. Once I realized that this art would be "seen" from a vantage point of less than two feet as the camera followed the action across the sheet, it all made sense. I simply had not given it much thought before.
There is a significant section on the left side where the artist wiped his/her brush while painting with the water colors. Since I hate cutting anything, I decided to frame the background with that section exposed. People either love it or hate it, but I think causes the viewer to assume a different attitude when looking at this great piece of art.
I hope you click on the close-up images so you can take a better look at the detail!
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From “Put-Put Troubles” (1940). Pan watercolor master background of the Dock in this Donald Duck cartoon directed by Riley Thomson. [Image: 57.5"W x 12"H] Acquired 2000. SeqID-0316