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 Allen Russell Saalburg  (1899 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: New York/Pennsylvania/Illinois / France      Known for: newspaper cartoons, murals, printing, illustration

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Barbara Mehaffey

Allen Saalburg prints
My husband and I visited Allen Saalburg in his studio in Bucks County in the early 70s. We purchased 4 silk screened prints. One was "The Runaway Sailor"; one was a kitchen print showing various spices; and 2 unusual duck prints. Am wondering if anyone knows anything about their value? thank you

rosemarie uribe

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i want to know i have a peice of folk art called carved rooster in the back of the frame read's this this rooster is probably of pennsylvania german origin and is 13 inches high carved all sides. from a painting by allen saalburg from the origanal in the collection of the museum of modern art, gift of mrs. john d. rockerfeller jr. printed by the canal press frenchtown , new jersey how can i find out more about this folk art?

Barbara J.

Allen Saalburg Silk Screen Assistance Fire Company
I have acquired a most interesting silk screen of Mr. Saalburg. It depicts a very old fire engine with a fireman on each side. The bottom has two swans. It repeats Assistance Fire Company. It is very folk art and I am only seeking information regarding this work. I am not interested in value and/or worth, only background information. I love the vibrant colors and it is on the edge of Trompe L'oeil work. Information most welcomed.


Allen Saalburg Silk Screen Bordentown NJ Indenture
I read with much interest Prudence Crowther's brief biography of Allen Saalburg. His artworks seemed to be occasionally on the edge of Trompe L'oeil work. I have a silkscreen by this artist of a Raven on a stand in front of an Indenture dated 1783 for the Krikbridge family, a prominent Bordentown NJ family. My attempts to find out information regarding this particular silkscreen have been in vain but I learned a great deal about Bordentown,NJ, the Kirkbridge family, and other elements of the artwork.

Kathy R.

Allen Saalburg-Old Squaw Decoy Print
I have acquired a print titled Old Squaw Decoys, it had been a gift (I believe) to a library in Illinois in 1974. It is print cp312 and there is a label on back -New York Graphic Society LTD- this print is signed in pencil- title first then Allen Saalburg- how can I find out if this is Saalburgs signature?


Need Info on Early Saalburg painting
I recently acquired a print "Early American Fire Fighting Gear" by Allen Saalburg but can't seem to find anything more about it. It looks as if it was done through the courtesty of the Bucks County Historical Society. Any information would be apreciated.

Prudence Crowther

allen russell saalburg
Born June 25 in Rochelle, Illinois. Charles Saalburg, his father, a newspaper cartoonist and printer, moved the family to New York when he obtained a patent for early four-color printing, first used to print the cartoon strip "The Yellow Kid." Studied painting at Pratt Institute, and with William Sloan at the Art Students League, 1918-1920. In 1927, joined his brother, Leslie, an illustrator, in Paris for three years. Exhibited paintings at Bernheim-Jeune, the Right Bank gallery known for its adventurous displays of early modern art. Saalburg’s paintings, exhibited in a one-man show in November, 1929, some months after fellow American Gerald Murphy’s larger exhibition, allude playfully to American historical subjects, such as the tobacco trade. Returned to New York in 1930, where he rejoined a largely literary circle that included Dorothy Parker, S.J. Perelman, Robert Benchley, and Marc Connelly. In 1937, Connelly asked Saalburg to art direct the Hollywood movie of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Green Pastures, with its pioneering all-black cast; Saalburg’s backdrop paintings were acquired by Gertrude Whitney for the Whitney Museum. Also designed sets for Enig Bagnold’s Two Bouquets on Broadway. Showed paintings at the Kraushaar Gallery, and the Whitney Museum (1938). Continued to paint murals for private and institutional clients. Began painting covers and interior illustrations for Fortune, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the Saturday Evening Post, and other publications. In 1935, Juliana Force, the director of the Whitney Museum and organizer of the first Federal Art Program in New York, introduced Saalburg’s work to the parks commissioner, Robert Moses, who put him in charge of the WPA mural projects for the entire parks department. Projects included the Old Stone House at Gowanus in Brooklyn, the Arsenal in Central Park (where Moses had his office), the barroom of the newly created Tavern on the Green, and the terrace restaurant at the zoo. In the mid-1930s, entered into a partnership to produce murals with Louis Bouché and Everett Henry, then the only such firm in the U.S. Among their projects were twelve murals for the cocktail lounge cars of the ultramodern trains commissioned from industrial designer Raymond Loewy by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the original gourmet shop at Bloomingdale’s, and a mural with eighteen interior panels for the Home Building Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Joined his friends S.J. Perelman, Dorothy Parker, photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe, the painter Henry Schnakenberg, and many others in moving to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. At first part of a weekend colony, he moved to Uhlerstown in 1947, and opened his studio, the Canal Press, in nearby Frenchtown, New Jersey. Continued to paint while experimenting with the silk-screen process; his prints on glass and paper were sold principally through the New York Graphic Society during the 1950s and ‘60s. Mural projects from this period included screen-printing the Clairol Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, an entirely glass building. Saalburg continued to show new paintings and limited edition screen prints in one-man shows at the Bodley Gallery in New York and in the Bucks County area until the early 1980s. Saalburg was married to and divorced from costume/fashion designer Muriel King, and the painter Mary Falconer. He died July 17, 1987. Collections: The U.S. Air Force Historical Art Collection, Washington D.C.; The Whitney Museum, Juliana Force Collection; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, Pa.

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