The Best Of The Worst
Seems that the original painting was modified for the cover–the girl’s head was slightly enlarged and moved. I imagine it was done to add more room for the title?
Possibly. The painting certainly looks more polished than the cover, but it is also possible that the artist reworked the painting afterwards. I don’t have any official knowledge either way.
Perhaps, it was done to get the head in front of the logo and the beach-towel behind? So, why remove the bracelet? At a guess, the head was done by someone the the magazine’s art department rather thanby the original artist.
I’d guess that the painting isn’t the original used for the cover, but a recreation done at some later date. There seem to be too many differences for it to be a “painted over” original. Not that I’m an expert.
I was thinking they changed the face so she looks of age.
I’m almost positive that Bolles did the repaint. I’ve seen at least a half a dozen other paintings he retouched. All were paintings that were originally completed from 1935 to about 1941. I think I mentioned this in the article I wrote about him for illustration magazine. I really don’t think this is an improvement over the original, and very few of them are. I do have one example which is much improved but I’m saving that for the book.
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