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ROLF ARMSTRONG (1889-1960)

Armstrong has been quoted as intent upon eliciting “all the glow, exuberance and spontaneous joy that leaps from a young and happy heart,” and in those of his works that are fully mastered he does indeed provide a rush of major energy that puts him in league with the very best of art deco and art nouveau illustrators.

His particular interest, dating from around 1920, in the art of calendar production—which is most akin to but deriving far less due respect than paper advertising fans—led him to closely research the ranges of lithography as rendering flesh tones and light and color effects on paper.