the Pfeiffer Pfiles Presents....the Art Work of Artist Fred Pfeiffer

Fred Pfeiffer was an American Artist
He worked as an Illustrator out of N.Y.N.Y. and
L.A. CA. in the late 60's thru the 70's and into the 80's

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fred Pfeiffer the Locked Room 1976

by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo  1976
 Fred's signature is easy to find on this one.


Fred Pfeiffer Artist said...

Even I admit this is not a very attractive cover, but the weird green/orange coloring DOES catch your eye. And I was excited to see the bold signature on the right that meant I had found another Pfeiffer!


Rob Weilert said...

Very interesting that you should make that remark about the color, Courtney. When Fred and I had a long visit back in '73, I questioned him extensively about his work routine, and I recall him saying that he wasn't always given a free hand in designing a cover. Occasionally, an idea as to how the cover should be done would be "strongly suggested" by someone in a position of authority connected with the project, and Fred found it beneficial to his career to oblige, even if the suggestion was counter to what he would've done himself.

If the idea resulted in a design that was too "bare bones", too simple or scant in substance, Fred told me that he would remedy the situation by using a bolder splash of colors to detract from the central element's insufficiency. This looks like a perfect example of that technique having been employed.

Gordon West said...

I like this cover. The weird forced perspective and the transitions of the complementary colors.
the cover also easily communicates the message of a person murdered in a locked room. It's effective. The Orange would "make it pop" next to most books on the stand.