I have never found a signature on this one. It probaly got "whited" out down by the girl's feet or by the fence. I would "bet the farm" that this is a Pfeiffer beyond a doubt. The painting style, dark eyes, and the background figure of a man is almost identical to a figure on another Pfeiffer signed cover. I talked to Len Leone about how dark Pfeiffer's covers seem to be, especially this one, and Len told me that he was asked by production to have Pfeiffer lighten up the covers more so they would reproduce better.Courtney
Fred did this one in Burnt Umber and I would just guess he needed it done and dried fast. this is the fastest drying color. If he took on a lot of work and needed to meet deadlines this would be a way to make sure the art was dry and ready to ship in the shortest amount of time. This is a very good color to use and see instant results. Almost like using a pencil and getting that instant gratification that graphite can give.
Yes, this looks like a quickie allright. It reminds me of the fact that Fred really liked the girls. My Aunt Millie (Fred's mother) told me that while she was so proud of Fred, she also worried about his health, because as she put it "Fred works hard, but he plays even harder".
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