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Lot 167: PAUL PROEHL (1887-1965). CHICAGO / ILLINOIS CENTRAL. Circa 1929. 39x27 inches, 100x66 cm. Magill-Weinsheimer Co., Chicago.
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
PAUL PROEHL (1887-1965) CHICAGO / ILLINOIS CENTRAL. Circa 1929.
39 1/2x27 inches, 100 1/2x66 1/2 cm. Magill-Weinsheimer Co., Chicago.
Condition A- / B+: minor repaired tears, creases, abrasions and restoration in margins, some affecting image; creases and restoration along vertical and horizontal folds.
With a stylish crescent of beach reminiscent of the French travel posters by Roger Broders, Proehl depicts the shoreline along Lake Michigan, with the towers of Chicago's Gold Coast visible in the distance. On the beach, a spray of colorful bathers are congregating, swimming and laying out under their umbrellas. The proximity of the beach to the city is emphasized by several men wearing business suits. Proehl, trained as an architect, became a prominent illustrator and advertising artist. This is one in a series of stylish images Proehl created for the Illinois Central Railroad, all of which featured prominent, beautiful young women. rare. Zega p. 87.