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August von Munchhausen born in New York City lived in the 40s in New York City.
The main motives of his pictures were dancers and ballet drawings.

The following information from Sharon Rhodes:

My husband grew up in New York City and August von Munchhausen was a student of my Husband's Father, Maitre 'd of Arms, Fred Rohdes. "DAD",
Fred Rohdes, was a ballet and fencing master in New York and and owned and operated the Rohdes Academy of ballet and fencing, from the early
1940's until his death in 1984 (???). Dad was also from Germany and we believe formed a stong friendship with Mr. von Munchhausen in the years  after the war, even though Dad had been in this country since his early teens.
Mr. Von Munchhausen, Augie to the family, was a fencing student of Fred's and drew our three fencing drawings while at the Rohdes studio and presented them to DAD. It is highly probable, according to my husband, that August drew the ballet pictures also at the studio, using the other students as models. We have often wondered if there were other drawings and what happened to Mr. von Munchhausen. My husband lost track of him when he left New York to join the navy and then to attend college and never thought to ask his Father about him again. It was not until after Dad's death that my
Husband found these three fencing drawings so we do not have further information on August.
If you or anyone you are aware of who owns a ballet drawing/picture, which they are willing to sell or trade for a fencing picture, we would be very interested in discussing a purchase or trade as we believe the ballet drawings where also executed at Dad's studio and would be of sentimental interest to us. Sincerely, Sharon Rohdes

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Another information from a friend of Munchhausen:

Yes! A von Munchausen was a real artist. I met him after the war in New York city and we became friends. He painted the ballerinas from the Rue de Monte Carlo. He collected their ballet shoes. I have a couple of small personal sketches that he sent me after returning to my home. I have a print of his but would love to have an original if it was a fair price as I am not well off. I admired his work very much. He was also a very good fencer which I would like information on how far he went. I think he competed in an international championship.
Hope this information will help.

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Here are some more facts about A.V. M.

1. Attended Erasmus Hall High in Brooklyn NY.
2. Born in NYC.
3. Studied at the Art Student League in NYC.
4. He taught art in Paris.

Information by L. Smith

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"This is the Ascencion of Christ (1987). A pencil drawing by A.V.M which has already been copy righted by me." L. Smith

A.v. Munchhausen Chelsea NYC in 1995. Picture by  L. Smith

This photo was taken in Smith's apartment in Chelsea NYC in 1995. Picture L. Smith

Another information by Anne:

Hi ! My name is Anne. I met August while working at the BMW bar in Chelsea . I listened to his stories of following the Russian Ballet.
The incredible secretariat story. He sat in the same seat each time, I even had to ask folks to move when he arrived.
Anyway, there's more to be shared if your interested. Thanks, Anne

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Linden Smith found a document of Library and Museum of Peforming Arts in New York in New York which tells about August von Munchhausen the following:

For over thirty years August von Munchhausen has been widely admired as one of the leading exponents of the spontaneous sketching of movement and dance. He has made an important contribution to dance history in the United States ...

The Dance Collection owns twelve of August von Munchhausen's ballet studies (1941 - 1955) including potraits of Alexandra Danilova and Tamara Toumanova drawn from life, and impressions of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's productions of RODEO and LES SYLPHIDES ...

The RODEO studies were exhibited in 1976 as part of the Dance Collection's retrospective exhibit "A Decade of Acquisitions." ...

April 12, 1977 Geneviere Oswald, curator of Library and Museum of Peforming Arts in New York

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Munchhausen pictures - Value? (12/19/2013)

I have 2 Munchhausen's pictures that have been in my family all of my life. I am not sure what they are worth but hope I can get some help in determining this as I would like to sell them. Thank you, Cathi

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I have art from August Von Munchhausen (11/28/2013)

Hello, My name is Kym-Tessa and I just wanted you to see a picture of my piece so that I can get more information regarding this Beautiful picture. I appreciate your assistance with this. I am interested in selling this to the perfect person that will appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you, Kym Tessa

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Worth of painting of August Von Munchhausen? (05/29/2013)

Hello and God day, My name Is Jeffrey, I live in New Orleans I believe, I have come across a painting of August Von Munchhausen , here are two pictures of the paint I have in a framed, nailed from the back. Are you a collector? is it worth anything? Any information would help. Thank you

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Question about A. Von Munchhausen framed artworks (11/07/2011)

I have 2 framed pieces titled Backstage and On Stage they are labeled on the back with some information I see no signature on the fronts any info would be appreciated. Thanks Traci

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Von Munchhausen Swan Lake (07/25/2009)

Hello, I am trying to gather info on two paintings I have by von Munchhausen. Both are of Swan Lake. One is marked Variations the other is Pas le Deux Each have #95 and 169 written on the back. If you can shed any light on these it would be appreciated. Both are pastel. Thanks, Mike Schlund

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August Von Munchhausen charcoal print (03/16/2009)

I own a charcoal (black and white) 16x13 print of "On Stage - Finale" in it's original frame. I do not see a signature on the print and am afraid to remove it from it's sealed frame to investigate further. Could you give me any information of this print? Is there a value? Sunnie

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August von Muchhausen painting (10/04/2008)

Hi,I have an August von Muchhausen painting that I want to sell.Could you tell me where I can sell or auction it? Thanks,Jana janachilds@ comcast.net

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3 framed pictures signed A. Von Munchhausen (06/02/2008)

I bought 3 framed pictures signed A. Von Munchhausen. The frame are wood and are a light pine all are the same wood. The 2 small pictures are dated '40 and on the back has a sticker that says "Oestreichers picture framing 1208 sixth ave Bet. 47th & 48th Sts. New YOrk 19 N.y. order NO a6171.The 1 small pictures has 2 ballarinas on the floor with a man and ballarina leaning and extending her leg. The second small picture has 4 ballarinas on the ground and a lady and gentleman ballarina leaping in the air. The large picture is a group of 8 ballarinas dated '43 posing with one of them having a set of wings on her. This large picture compared to the small one shows more definition to the ballarinas faces and their lips have color to them. The 2 small pictures measure 14 x 17" and the large one measures 27" x 22". I hope you can tell me how to tell if they are original or prints and also the value if a print or original. Thank you very much for your time and web site. 

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A von Munchausen print "On Stage finale" (06/14/2007)

I was watching a re-run of "Sherlock Holmes Dressed to Kill" which was made in 1946 with Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Patricia Morrison (the villiness.) In a scene in Miss Morrison's flat, there on the wall was a familiar pastel drawing. It was the same as the print of the two dancers, man and woman, that hung in my parent's Bronx, NY apartment when I was a child (I'm now 73.) For some strange reason, I kept that framed print after my parents died and still have it, although not hung at the moment. It is obvious that that piece of art made a lasting impression on me, for to have recognized it from and old black and white movie and prompt me to search the web for more information. Arlin Weingold, Lake Worth, Florida

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Variation Classique  by Munchhausen (07/07/2006)

I have a pastel print by Munchhausen #759 titled "Variation Classique" on the label on the bottom left corner of the label is" N.Y.G.S. I'm wondering about the value of this drawing be the artist...it is signed by the artist and dated '40. Thanks for any information you can give.

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Two pastel drawings by Munchhausen (04/28/2006)

I have just purchased two pastel drawing by this artist. They are from the Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker.) Both are beautifully framed and in excellent condition. Both are signed A. von Munchhauser, but are not numbered. I was wondering how to tell if they are originals or prints. I would also like to know the value of them, I would like to sell them. I have attached a few pictures, Thank you, Christy

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I have 2 framed Von Munchhausen ballerina prints (03/10/2006)

Do you have any idea what they might be worth? I will send you digital photos if you would like. I have had them since I was a child in the 1950's.
Thank you  Sue Broz

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Backstage (02/24/2006)

I purchased an estate, in 2001. The prior owner was decease. he had left a lot of paperwork, and art, to my surprise! the gentleman was a pianist well known abroad. He had played for presidents, ballets, musicals, concerts, and royalties all over the world. The oddity, was finding correspondence with A Von Munchhausen.( Referred to as Augie). The only reason I had remembered, was the ballerinas mentioned in a letter. I never thought about it again, until watching a comedy, and Munchhausen's name came up. Unfortunately we lost a lot through the hurricanes (3), in 2004, but I still have the signed "Backstage" ( Interlude ) and "On Stage" ( Finale ) . If some one should have an interest, you can email. By the way, "Backstage", is the 1st painting at the top of this web page! Thank you, Terrie

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Two Paintings by Munchhausen (02/10/2006)

i have two paintings by munchhausen both are signed and numbered one is # 704 and one is# 703 if any one knows the value of them please contact me both are ballerinas

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A August Von Munchhausen Set Of #3  (01/21/2006)

 This Is A August Von Munchhausen Set Of #3. Believed To Have Been Done In New York With Live Ballerina Models Where August Von Munchhausen Was Known To Have Been. There Are Three Matching Pieces:
The Frist Is A Singel Ballerina Titled Variation - Swan Lake It Says This At The Top On The Back With A Paper Label Along With The Number # 2212 Marked In The Middle On The Front It Is Signed A.Von Munchhausen 1943
Then There Is One Titled Classic Bow And It Is Also Labeled At The Top Back With A Paper Label It Is Of A Pair Of Ballerinas Male And Female With Ballerinas In The Backgrownd The Number In The Middle Of This One Is #22121 And It Is Signed A.Von Munchhausen New York 40"
And The Last One Is Titled Classic Rythm Labled Just Like The Other Two It Is Also Of A Pair Of Ballerinas Male And Female With More In The Backgrownd The Number In The Middle Of This One Is The Same As The First #2212 It Is Signed A.Von Munchhausen New York 40"
They Are All Three In Wonderful Old Matching Gold Sculptured Frames In Excellent Condition..
They Are All 18 X 14 1/2 With Frames
I Was Told That The Appraisal Price Would Be 50,000 Each I Am Will To Part With Them For Less Just To Move Them
They Were Past Down To Me From My Aunt And I Am 42 Years Old I Have Grown Up Seeing Them For As Long As I Can Remember And Know They Were Around Way Before Me..
If Anyone Can Tell Me More About Them It Would Be Welcomed With Open Arms..
Now I Am Starting To Think Twice About Letting Them Go The More I Find Out About A. Von Munchhausen The More I Am Falling In Love With My Pieces And The Mystery Of The Man/Artiest A. Von Munchhausen ...
Thank You Deana

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Ballerinas dated 1943 (09/16/2005)

I as well own a Munchhausen original of two ballerinas signed and dated 1943. If you have any interest or comments please post to these message board.

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Russian Ballet (08/12/2005)

I received a print of Russian Ballet (Corps Du Ballet Russe), by an A. Von Munchhausen, as a gift from a friend. Being a fan of anything to do with the ballet, I had been searching the internet for information on the artist. In doing so I discovered that there is a whole world in search of the same information, for a variety of reasons. My print has the notation, Copyright New York Graphic Society, Inc. Fine Art Publishers, and Printed in U.S.A., so it occurs to me that, if anyone, you, most surely, must have further information on the artist, given that you were able to obtain copyrighting rights for this painting. I am copying the email address through which the queries have been posted, with the hope that your response will be fruitful--that it might be posted directly. I thank you for your attention in this matter. Sincerely, Nancy Shoji

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Chalk drawing by A. Von Munchhausen  (08/04/2005)

Hello. I was so happy ti find this site re: this artist.
I to have what I think it a chalk drawing by A. Von Munchhausen , New York 40 It is huge and in it's original frame. It is of a ballet, and the same picture I have is the one in the photograph of him standing. I am interested in selling and would like to know what the value may be and if anyone can help I would very much appreciate it. Thank you. Cindi

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Charcoal by August v. Munchausen (06/27/2005)

Hello, I have a charcoal by August v. Munchausen, which is really quite good. I have owned it for over 25 years. The painting was done in 1943. I have
often wondered over the artist's background and history. I thought he might live in Germany. I'm not sure I want to sell it, but if anyone would care to make an offer, please feel free.  Deryl Lusty

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Three von Munchhausen drawing/paintings of fencers (05/20/2005)

I have three von Munchhausen drawing/paintings of fencers in action that I am interested in selling. Framed, they are 16" x 22" and are circa 1940- 50 when he used to attend fencing competitions and offer to make drawings of contestants. I am a former long - time fencer and remember him well. Grace Anderson

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Les Lylphides (04/15/2005)

I think that I have a gem in my August Von Munchhausen. It is in the original frame. I got it from my mother who passed away 20 years ago.
I am wondering if anyone can help me to get a better handle on its value and whether or not it is original or a print. The label on the back of the frame is as follows: Classic Bow (Drawn after life from the ballet Russe, "Les Lylphides") by August Von Munchhausen (Contemporary American)
On the front is the following: ALL IN BLACK & WHITE AND GRAY WITH MALE DANCER ON BENDED KNEE HOLDING ARMS OF BALLERINA AND HER WITH HER LEG UP HIGH IN THE AIR. ALSO IN THE BACKGROUND ARE TWO BALLERINAS SITTING DOWN WITH ARMS STRETCHED OUT BY THEIR SIDES. SIZE: 14"W x 17"H
I have taken a photo of the front and include it. Please let me know what you can. Post the response to the board. Thanks

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I ALSO HAVE ONE OF MUNCHHAUSEN'S WORKS SIGNED (02/11/2005)

VERY INTERESTNG INFO FOR ME AS I ALSO HAVE ONE OF MUNCHHAUSEN'S WORKS SIGNED A von MUNCHHAUSEN NEW YORK ' 40 . ON BACK OF IS WRITTEN DRAWN AFTER LIFE FROM THE BALLET RUSSE, LES SYLPHIDES BY AUGUST VON-MUNCHHAUSEN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN. THE ART SHOP THAT DID THE FRAMING CALLED THE ART SHOP 223 W. WATER ST. ELMIRA, N.Y. NOT ABSOLUTELY SURE OF MEDIUM USED ALL IN BLACK WHITE AND GRAY WITH MALE DANCER ON BENDED KNEE HOLDING ARMS OF BALLERINA AND HER WITH HER LEG UP HIGH IN THE AIR. ALSO IN THE BACKGROUND ARE TWO BALLERINAS SITTING DOWN WITH ARMS STRETCHED OUT BY THEIR SIDES. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. SIZE APPROX 20X24. WOULD LOVE TO FIND OUT MORE OF THIS ARTIST. THANKS ROXANNE

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Ballerinas (01/28/2005)

I too have a wonderful piece by A. von Munchhausen, dated 1943 of ballerinas, and would love to find out all that I can about him, and his works.
Thank you. Ginny

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Ballerina sketch (12/03/2004)

I have a ballerina sketch from 1943. Is it valuable?

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Two beautiful Ballerina original drawings (11/07/2004)

I purchased two beautiful Ballerina original drawings at an antique shop in Houston Texas five years ago. They are signed A von Munchhausen New York 1940. The frames are original.  On the back is  "Art Publishers" (Classic Bow) (Drawn after life from the Ballet Russe,"Les Lylphides") by August von Munchhausen Contemporary American
The other one has the same words on the back, however, it is titled: "Classic Rhythm" There is also an art store emblem on the back.........Courtright's Art Store, 4554 University Way, Seattle Washington (no zip code) Please keep me informed of any updated information, the mystery of this artist is fascinating! C.M.

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"en presentation" and "sur la pointe" (10/22/2004)

Hello..We are a consignment shop in CT and we have 2 pastel drawings of ballet poses..."en presentation" and "sur la pointe" by Munchhausen......please contact us if there is any interest.. regards, Sheila Roy

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football players (10/22/2004)

look for information on charcoal drawing by von munchhausen of football players john t

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2 prints dated 1940 (09/09/2004)

Hello. I am very excited to tell you that I am in possession of 2 prints dated 1940. There is no name of the prints, but seems to remind me of Swan Lake. They are absolutely gorgeous ballet art. I have been looking for months for information on this artist, and this is the first of anything I have been able to find.
Is there a way to find out what these prints could be valued at? Or any addtional information on the artist?

Thank you for your assistance. Any one with information, can email me at: E-Mail

Ballerine (05/28/2004)

I bought paint of munchhausen. I would like to have some informations about that. the picture is ballerine.
thank you very much.

E-Mail: colet@cooptel.qc.ca

Dancers and Pose Classique (05/14/2004)

Hello, I purchased two framed portraits of ballet dancers. One named Dancers and one named Pose Classique. One is numbered 4379 the other 4380. Both are signed A von Munchhausen '40 New York. I would like to find out more information on this artist any interest in his work. Thank you, Delcie

E-Mail: delciew@yahoo.com

5 Printy (03/26/04)

I have 5 prints by this artist that I found in a antique shop about 5 years ago. Is there nothing about this artist? Are the prints worth anything?
Crissy Arnold

E-Mail: crissy@mtco.com

Pictures of Munchhausen (03/26/04)

My parents lived on the upper Westside of Manhattan from 1949 until recently and for as long as I can remember, growing up in the 50s, their apartment was decorated with 2 drawings by A Von Munchhausen which may have been gifts to my father from the artist. It is possible that my father was the artist’s physician. I too would like to know more about the artist and if there is interest in his work.

E-Mail: fastnat@cox.net

Picture of Munchhausen (12/05/03)

Hello, I wonder if you were able to find out anything about the painter Muchhhausen? Here is another one of his paintings. Sincerely; Alain.

E-Mail: alain.deveroux@verizon.net

PAS DE TROIS by Munchhausen (09/13/03)

I have one original charcoal/chalk pastel drawing 21 x 27 inchs by A.von Munchhausen with the ballet theme PAS DE TROIS signed by him and dated 1943. I have not found any information on the artist and the value of this drawing. Thank you L Lajoie

E-Mail: ll@toundra.com

Les Sylphides by A. von Munchhausen (09/13/03)

I have a pastel of Les Sylphides by A. von Munchhausen 32" Wide by 26" High, including wooden frame (green) with the date '43 on the lower right corner. I live in Toronto. I found the painting at a second hand shop about 5 years ago and have wanted to find out more. contact me if you like.

E-Mail: Enlowvincskoya@aol.com

Dancers by Von Munchhausen (02/18/02)

I am attaching photos of two pastel drawings by Munchhausen. My father has them in Allentown, PA and is interested in pricing and selling them.
He has not had much luck in getting information about the artist - your site was quite a lucky find. If anyone is interested in the pastels, contact me at my e-mail address and I will put you in touch with my father. Thanks. Lori Secouler-Beaudry, Halifax, Nova Scotia

E-Mail: psyche@ns.sympatico.ca 

A. von Munchhausen (01/21/01)

I have 2 prints: "Swan Lake" #4346 and "Variation, Swan Lake" #4347 by this artist.  Knowing nothing about thier origin previous to reading your site, it was good to see that there are others interested in this artist.  If anyone else would have more information about Munchhausen or these prints, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, -Art Coates

E-Mail: ancjr@concentric.net

Further information on the mystery painter August von Munchhausen (09/02/00)

This further information on the mystery painter August von Munchhausen may be of interest.
Thank you again for posting my messages on your excellent web site.
Sidney Gould
E-mail: goumagic@ns.sympatico.ca
To: "sharron rohdes" <rohdes@alpha.wcoil.com>
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2000 9:46 PM
Subject: Re: Von Munchhausen quiry
> > Dear Sidney.
> >
> > I found your quiry on the internet with regard to the artist August von
> > Munchhausen. We too have three of his chalksdrawings, one with ink
> > wash, all dated and signed as done in 1943. You may be interested to
> > know that Mr. von Munchhausen was indeed a real person, and his work not
> > an accumulation of unknown artists.
> >
> > My husband grew up in New York City and August von Munchhausen was a
> > student of my Husband's Father, Maitre 'd of Arms, Fred Rohdes. "DAD",
> > Fred Rohdes, was a ballet and fencing master in New York and and owned
> > and operated the Rohdes Academy of ballet and fencing, from the early
> > 1940's until his death in 1984. Dad was also from Germany and we
> > believe formed a stong friendship with Mr. von Munchhausen in the years
> > after the war, even though Dad had been in this country since his early
> > teens.
> >
> > Mr. Von Munchhausen, Augie to the family, was a fencing student of
> > Fred's and drew our three fencing drawings while at the Rohdes studio
> > and presented them to DAD. It is highly probable, according to my
> > husband, that August drew the ballet pictures also at the studio, using
> > the other students as models.
> >
> > We have often wondered if there were other drawings and what happened to
> > Mr. von Munchhausen. My husband lost track of him when he left New York
> > to join the navy and then to attend college and never thought to ask his
> > Father about him again. It was not until after Dad's death that my
> > Husband found these three fencing drawings so we do not have further
> > information on August.
> >
> > If you or anyone you are aware of who owns a ballet drawing/picture,
> > which they are willing to sell or trade for a fencing picture, we would
> > be very interested in discussing a purchase or trade as we believe the
> > ballet drawings where also executed at Dad's studio and would be of
> > sentimental interest to us.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >

> > Sharon Rohdes,
> > e-mail: rohdes@wcoil.com 

A.von Munchhausen again (02/13/00)

You were good enough to place details of my search for the subject artist on your site on 19 November,1999.
I have recently received an e-mail from another person who is seeking information on this artist and the following may be of interest. He states that he has four A.von Munchhausen's;two original ink wash and chalk and two prints that are hand painted over,one is like mine with two ballerenas on the floor. He attached photocopies of the original inkwashes and these I have attached to this e-mail for your perusal.
My contact goes on to state that he has met a watercolor artist who feels quite sure that the artist in question was actually a group of German artists who could not sell their works,therefore,they used the romaticised name von Munchhausen after the German fairytale "The Adventures of Baron von Munchhausen." It is of his opinion that this conjecture makes sense because of the post-war state of Germany. He concludes that it also makes sense that he has found four of them and cannot find any listings on such a fine artist.He,the informant,is making a search in an attempt to verify the story.
The fact remains that my prints(?) are dated 1940 & 1942 and it is my sincere hope that the artist(s) of such beautiful works should not go un recognized. Also,as I have mentioned,reproductions of the two works I own appeared on a Peggy Lee show some 10-15 years ago and were referred to as contemporary American art. There is also the reference to the "Astounding" magazine cover,1942. Sincerely,
Sidney C.Gould

E-Mail: goumagic@ns.sympatico.ca 

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