3" x 4-1/2", mounted to 6" x 10" heavy card
An truly beautiful scene, with the elements of color, perspective, movement and texture dovetailing into a powerful vignette, disarmingly simple, yet holding a magical quality.
American artist and illustrator Hannes Bok painted more than 150 covers. He was as well as an amateur astrologer and writer of fantasy fiction and poetry.
After a heartbreaking childhood and a simple high school education rounded out with art classes, the auto-didactic, renowned illustrator we would come to remember as Hannes Bok (Wayne Woodard)
found his way in the art and pulp world thanks to the friendship of a young and brave Ray Bradbury. In the Summer of 1939, Bradbury, with borrowed money and an armful of Bok’s work,
headed to the World Science Fiction Convention, and proceeded to impress WT’s editor Farnsworth Wright with Bok’s work - it debuted in Weird Tales by 1939.
In 1939 he had moved to New York to continue a long and productive relationship with Weird Tales (his work appeared consistently until 1954)
His illustrations appeared in Amazing Stories, Cosmic Science Fiction, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Imagination, Marvel Science Fiction, Other Worlds, Startling Stories,
Stirring Science Stories, Uncanny Tales,Unknown, as well as countless books of fantasy and science fiction.
In 1953 Bok and Ed Emshwiller shared one of the inaugural Hugo Awards for science fiction with a tie for best Cover Artist - Virgil Finlay winning that year for best Interior Illustrator.