John Ford Clymer (American, 1907-1989)
Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing
Signed "John Clymer" l.l.
Tempera on heavy pressed paperboard, 34 x 26 3/4 in. (86.3 x 68.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Scattered minor scuffs, areas of very fine craquelure, original paperboard has been affixed to a secondary heavy paperboard support.
Provenance: Collection of Robert Fuoss, former editor of The Saturday Evening Post, then by descent within the family.
Literature: Cover illustration, The Saturday Evening Post, May 5, 1956.
N.B. Describing this cover illustration, The Saturday Evening Post wrote, "Why doesn't the angler turn around and exult in the beauty behind him? Spring climbing in the meadow; mist shreds playing in the foothills; battlements of the Rockies conversing with the sky - how can he bear not to look at that? Because he is looking at the beauty in front of him - a specimen of aquatic, water-breathing, craniate vertebrate having the limbs developed as fins, which will weigh plenty if he lands it, or even if he doesn't. And now we come, deviously, to John Clymer. With some of his paintings Clymer wrestles and repaints and tears his hair, but this one fairly leaped off his brush, crying, 'Here I be, John!' Psychological explanation: he painted this in February, and he was fed up with snowdrifts and wanted out. So he rapidly painted himself out." (Vol. 228, No. 45, p. 3).
Please note that the copyright for this image is held by The Curtis Publishing Company, owner of The Saturday Evening Post.
Because the secondary support was added to the back, probably at the time of framing, any original markings on the reverse are now hidden.
Framed dimensions are 37 3/8 x 30 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.
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