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 crude and bawdy behavior in a cutaway apartment building, is casually entitled Tenement K 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 mid- to late-1940s style of caricature. This work has not previously been reproduced or published anywhere. The original is owned by Flora’s godson, Keith McAllister, of California, who granted us permission to professionally photograph the work and issue it as a limited edition print.
Only forty (40) prints of Tenement K 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 print numbers 19/40 thru 40/40, and are now offering numbers 16/40 thru 18/40 for $200.00 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 photograph 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.
The image area is 20-1/2″ high x 15-1/2″ wide and centered on a sheet 22″ high x 17″ 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 on an Epson 3800Pro large format printer 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.
The work is also available as a wooden jigsaw puzzle from Artifact Puzzles, issued under license from the heirs of Jim Flora.
If you read this far, here’s something others will miss: a pencil sketch of the tableau.