Yet more unearthed creations from the mind of Albert Beauparlant. In the artist’s typical fashion, this newly discovered work builds on previously witnessed themes. However, while most of his work was done in standard pencil, the majority of these pieces incorporate hastily applied strokes of color that oddly detract from the stark, yet intricate beauty of his line work.
The first piece revisits the artist’s fascination with military themes and life. While relatively flat and simple, for the first time I have seen A.B. uses a ruler or some other straight edge to create uniform wood paneling along the side of his clubhouse.
Next we see the bird’s eye view of an architectural blueprint for a fictional canal system. Beauparlant lived in Chicago at the time, yet instead of a river system we see the mention of the ocean. In addition, I could find no reference of a “Miller Canal” in the Chicago area.
Also of interest is the reverse side of this piece. Whether in response to the financial hardships imposed by the depression, or just due to thriftiness, Beauparlant was fond of using the blank side of mailings, catalogs, or phrenology charts as his canvas. The above work was created on the backside of the West Star Tea Company’s weekly catalog. If you happened to be in need, one could purchase a large box of gold dust for .22 cents!
My favorite piece in this new crop of work is the design for Al’s own houseboat. Drawn in 1930, this boat showcases Beauparlant’s love of mechanical apparatus and machinery. Although obscured by dark, heavy crayon, we see the artist’s prototypical pension for detail and coarse mechanical accuracy.
More comic strip styled adventures:
And again the images and symbols of rank/achievement consistent with military regalia of the time.
Coincidentally, I performed another Google search for Albert’s father, J.A. Beauparlant and found an interesting reference in the August 14, 1945 Chicago Tribune documenting how city residents celebrated victory in WWII:
“In the back yard of his home at 2330 W. Washington Blvd., J.A. Beauparlant climbed a ladder to light an 18-foot-tall, 2,250-pound solid wax victory candle that had taken him three months to make.”
You might remember this great candle-maker was a local tourist destination exhibiting what was at the time the world’s largest candle.
I can only wonder how long this red, white and blue victory candle burned, and if it compromised the record.