Hannes Bok (American)
Painting. Original Art.
"Cat God's Captive"
Tempera paint, oil paint, and varnish on textured illustration paper mounted to paperboard.
Signed by the Artist "Hannes Bok 1942" twice at the bottom.
Condition: In excellent condition.
Art Dimensions: 22" x 14 3/4"
Loosely taped mat pieces to the four sides: 22" x 18".
Fantastic and beautiful painting of luminous brilliant color and deep tones. The background is composed of three Cat God sarcophagi statues. The foreground a checkerboard floor. The Cat-God holds a man in one hand and a sarcophagus in the other.
The figure of the man is naked but for a loin-cloth. Bok painted the cloth later, originally he had painted the figure nude.
He signed this painting twice in 1942 - the second time most likely after he altered the painting.
This glowing effect of this painting is achieved by painting the base composition in opaque tempera paint, and applying thin glazes of transparent oil paint over the tempera, and thin layers of varnish between each glaze of oil paint.
Bok learned this method of painting from his mentor the great American painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish.
The technique of glazing originated in the Netherlands by Jan Van Eyk (1390-1441). This was the method used by the great Dutch master painters Rembrandt van Rijn (1634-1642) and Johannes Vermeer (1653-1675).
"Cat-God's Captive" is featured in the following book publications:
"Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration", Centipede Press, 1970.
"A Memorial Portfolio - Ten Color Plates", 1970.
"A Hannes Bok Treasury" Underwood-Miller, 1993.
Hannes Bok (1914-1964)
American Artist and master stylist, Author, and Astrologer.
Co-Winner, with Ed Emshwiller, of the first Hugo Award for Best Cover Artist in 1953.
Born Wayne Francis Woodard, he took his professional name from Johann Sebastian Bach.
Hannes Bok CAT GOD'S CAPTIVE Original Art OIL PAINTING Fantasy SIGNED 1942Artist: Hannes BokCondition: FineDate: 1942ITEM1152