Original Portrait of Charles Bukowski
1988. Original unpublished, unique ink rendering of Bukowski, signed by Crumb and dated '88. Crumb worked with Bukowski several times in the 1980s, illustrating two short books, Bring Me Your Love and There's No Business, that were published by John Martin's Black Sparrow Press. Around the same time, Crumb produced three writers' portraits - Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs - for a series of posters (and later t-shirts) entitled "Meet the Beats," published by Water Row press. This portrait of Bukowski was reported to its previous owner as having been prepared for a second round of author portrait posters, but was never used. Crumb published many images of Bukowski over the years, but we can find no evidence that this one -- the most "formal" portrait we have seen of Bukowski by Crumb -- was ever published. 11" x 14" (presumably, standard sketchbook size), now framed to 12-1/2" x 15-1/4". Fine. A unique work of art linking the preeminent underground cartoonist with one of the preeminent writers of his time, whose work provided a link between the Beat generation and the 1960s counterculture and beyond. [#032695] SOLD
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