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Only Ballantine Ale Brews "Brewer's Gold," ad illustration

Documentation Signed
Origin United States, New York
Period 1950-1979
Materials Gouache
Dimensions
W. 17.5 in; H. 20 in;
W. 44.45 cm; H. 50.8 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date circa 1957
Description MIKE LUDLOW (American, b. 1921)
Only Ballantine Ale Brews "Brewer's Gold," ad illustration
Gouache on board
20 x 17.5 in.
Signed lower right
From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

A magic moment is caught at a peak point of drama.
It's the instant of friends having fun.
A cold beer from the fridge is offered and it's is acknowledged with a head nod.
The woman in the foreground covers her giggling face reacting to a funny comment.
The decisive moment is preserved.
Sounds like a critique of an art photograph?
No, it's an illustrator.
This ingenious Infiniti "S" composition simultaneously represents the best of photography and painting.
The precise moment could have been captured by Cartier-Bresson.
While the complex figural composition could have been rendered by Nicolas Poussin.
Add to it , a painting technique and color scheme that has the quick drama of a post-impressionist.
We have a great work of art by an overlooked American illustrator/artist/painter, Mike Ludlow.
"Here's a cold one for you Mike!"
Styles / Movements Illustration, Post Impressionism, Realism
Article References From the Estate of Charles Martignette
Incollect Reference Number 423686
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