Portrait in Blue

1940s-era tempera on paper
2014 ltd. ed. (20) fine art print


9 in stock


JimFlora.com has released a limited-edition, archival-quality fine art print of an uncirculated, untitled 1940s-era Jim Flora tempera. The work, which depicts a disjointed face and upper torso in two blue hemispheres, is casually entitled Portrait in Blue to differentiate it from other untitled Flora works. Flora archivists Barbara Economon and Irwin Chusid have examined the technique and determined that it reflects Flora’s early- or mid-1940s style of caricature. This work was first published in our second book, The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora. The original is owned by Chris Wildman, who purchased it from the Flora family in 2009.

Only twenty (20) prints of Portrait in Blue were produced for this edition. Each print is hand-numbered in the lower right and authenticated on the reverse with the stamped seal of Jim Flora Art (a Flora family enterprise). We have sold numbers 11/20 and 13/20 thru 20/20, and are now offering numbers 10/20 and 12/20 for $185.00 each (plus s/h). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

Produced by Flora printmaker Barbara Economon, the prints have been meticulously replicated from the original work using state-of-the-art digital technology. A high-resolution scan was made of the original art, a tempera painting on heavy stock. All aspects of the original artwork have been retained, including minor aging artifacts which in no way detract from the overall impression. In addition, because the original work was unsigned, a compatible Flora painted signature from 1943 has been added below the active art to officially “brand” the work.

The image area is approximately 18″ high x 12″ wide, centered on a sheet 19″ high x 13″ wide. The unframed prints are on heavyweight (310g) mould-made William Turner stock, a natural white, 100% rag paper with a fine toothy surface manufactured by Hahnemühle, who are renowned for premium-grade archival papers. The edition was produced using Epson UltraChrome K3 Pigment Ink Technology, resulting in brilliant, velvety color and offering excellent longevity and durability.

The print will ship flat, securely packaged and guaranteed against bending or dents. Print includes a detailed, custom-printed one-sheet with instructions for the proper care of this fine art reproduction.

Due to the fine art print’s higher-resolution process, as well as superior paper, inks, and quality control, the colors in the print appear brighter, crisper, and more vibrant than the online image. Online color appearance may vary slightly depending on your monitor settings.