|Black & White crayon drawing, 46 x 16.5cm.|
It's made in crayon, either a conté crayon or a lithographic crayon, with highlights in white gouache. This was presumably made around 1925 for a beauty advertisement in one of the major American magazines, like Delineator, Good Housekeeping or Pictorial Review. At the time, Tenggren made ads for some dozen of magazines, and was a fast rising star on the commercial illustration scene of New York City.
|Left detail. The focusing of the girl's hair leads you to believe that this is an ad for |
shampoo, soap or perfume, of which Tenggren produced a lot at the time.
|Right detail. Is this Charon rowing the Styx? His passenger does not look worried though.|