Ah, the step-back cover.Jay Ryan did some photoshop touch up to this scan because there was book glue in the crack.I wonder if that girl is Pfeiffer's ex-wife Mercedes? Maybe Rob Weilert can comment on that.I have not located a signature on this piece, but it is clearly Pfeiffer's work.The nice thing about finding a signed cover, is that it helps to recognize some of Pfeiffer's techiques, such as the line drawing to the left, that helps to determine other works. It is alot of fun to become an "art Detective".
No, that's NOT Mercedes, but I remember the cover design in which the face of Mercedes appears prominently in the foreground. It was a yellowish-orange composition, and in the background you see workers in a rice field wearing those wide-brimmed sun hats that one often associates with images of rice paddies.When I pulled that particular paperback from my collection and showed it to Fred during his visit back in the 70's, his eyes moistened as he looked at the cover and confessed that the girl's picture was a portrait of Mercedes. If only I could find that paperback again. I'm infuriated with myself for not being able to remember the title or author.One other thing I remember though from the occasion when I showed Fred that cover, is a comment he made about his backgrounds. He said he got a lot of ideas for his backgrounds from photos in The National Geographic magazine. That was his favorite magazine for scenery shots that he could incorporate into his paintings, and supposedly the workers in the rice paddy were taken from a photo he saw in that magazine.
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