The Arthur Bernhard Western Pulp Art Collection

Western “pulp” art began with the dime novels of the late 1800s – tales of lurid and exciting exploits of rough heroes, dastardly villains and buxom damsels, with illustrations designed to capture the action of the story and the attention of the public. The era of American western illustration art had begun. By the mid-20th century, pulp paperbacks and magazines were the rage, and every book was judged by its cover, which held the promise of the excitement to be found inside. Arthur Bernhard was an Arizona publisher of mid-century pulp paperbacks, but he was also a collector. When hiring artists to illustrate the covers, Bernhard negotiated deals so that he got to keep the original art from which the covers were taken. Descended through his family, the pieces that follow are some of the original works he collected.    

Bernhard's lots: 69 - 76

Lot 73 - Fred Rodewald (1905 - 1955) Sold $354

Lot 73 - Fred Rodewald (1905 - 1955)
Sold $354

The Pulp Collection of Publisher Arthur Bernhard

A strong offering pulp pieces are crossing the auction block from the estate of publisher, Arthur Bernhard, who collected the original art from the paperback covers he commissioned. Here's a few of our favorites:

Lot 137: Pulp Art Painting
Untitled: Cowboy Shooting a Maxim or Vickers Water-Cooled Machine Gun with a Damsel at his Feet
Acrylic on board
30" x 20"
Unsigned
Framed to 35" x 25"
Provenance: From the Arthur Bernhard collection.
Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction - January 23, 2016
Sold  $708

Lot 138: Pulp Art Painting
Untitled: Cowboy Defending his Wagon
Oil on board
18" x 12"
Unsigned
Framed to 24" x 18"
Provenance: From the Arthur Bernhard collection.
Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction - January 23, 2016
Sold $354

Lot 140: Pulp Art Painting
Buckskin Scout
Oil on canvas
24" x 13 3/4" 
Unsigned
Framed to 29" x 18 14"
Provenance: From the Arthur Bernhard collection.
Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction - January 23, 2016
Sold $236