CHARCOAL PORTRAIT OF GERMAN WORLD WAR II LUFTWAFFE FIGHTER PILOT ADOLF GALLAND
BOTH SUBJECT AND ARTIST SIGNED ITEM OF ARTWORK
THIS ITEM COMES MATTED, COVERED WITH PROTECTIVE GLASS AND FRAMED IN A HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE, SILVER COLORED METAL FRAME FOR IMMEDIATE DISPLAY PURPOSES
Pictured below is a frontal view of this seventeen (17”) inch by twenty and one half (20 1/2”) inch color, charcoal portrait of General Adolf Galland that was produced by famed German American artist Uwe Feist in 1986, as seen without its matting and silver colored metal frame.
Best known for his detailed artistic illustrations in countless aviation and World War II reference books over a thirty (30) year period, to include both the classic "Ryton” and "Men at Arms” publication reference series respectively, Herr Feist personally signed this particular portrait on its lower front right side as an original piece of artwork.
Moreover, on an explanatory page permanently attached to the reverse side of this item, he similarly signed a separate dedication to the original owner of this commissioned piece of artwork, as well as detailing the circumstances under which General Galland also autographed this piece on the occasion of the celebration of his 75th birthday, on 19 March 1987, at his home in Oberwinter, Germany in the personal presence of Herr Feist.
ABOVE is an enlarged view of the original signature of General Adolf Galland that appears to the right of his Knight’s Cross in this color charcoal Feist portrait. As noted on the reverse side of this item, this autograph was given by General Galland on 19 March 1987 at his home in Oberwinter, Germany as part of the celebration of his seventy fifth (75th) birthday on that date, which Herr Feist attended.
BELOW is an enlarged view of Uwe Feist’s original signature, together with the year 1986, as they both appear in the lower, right hand corner of the front of this unique piece of original artwork.
It should be noted that this particular item is not just a reproduced example of one (1) out of a group of identical prints that are numbered and published on occasion for retail sales, but rather is a single, unique, commissioned piece of art work that is one of a kind in character. To that end, its being autographed by both the subject and the artist has particular relevance to its status in its own right as a collectible historic artifact.
ABOVE is a complete reverse side view of this item. Clearly visible is the size and location of the explanatory page that has been permanently attached for viewer reference by the artist in this instance. Also visible is the quality and construction of the heavy, silver colored metal frame, with front glass insert, that serves to protect this charcoal portrait from unintended exposure to potential harm.
BELOW is an enlarged view of this explanatory page. Clearly seen in this shot is the hand dedication written and signed by Herr Feist in presenting this piece to its original owner in 1987. Also visible are several printed paragraphs summarizing Herr Feist’s artistic career to that point, as well as his hand written note on the bottom of this page in blue ink detailing the circumstances under which this portrait was autographed by General Galland.
As previously noted, even though this is admittedly a post war produced item, its being signed by both General Galland and famed artist Uwe Feist respectively, identifies it as a quality, original piece of artwork that merits a place of distinction in any serious collection of World War II era Luftwaffe artifacts.
ABOVE is a full frontal view of this complete item, to include its glass cover, matting and silver metal frame. Unfortunately, this photo was taken with a reflection in the glass that is obviously not part of this appearance of this portrait under any circumstance. To that end, the seller apologizes in advance for the poor quality of this particular photo photograph, as well as for any unintended confusion which the presence of the reflection noted above may create for viewers.