Richard Amsel Original Artwork for John Wayne's Final Film

Richard Amsel Original Art for "The Shootist" Movie Poster

Original artwork for the poster for "The Shootist"
30" x 21"
mixed media on paper
Framed to 41" x 32"

"The Shootist" Finished Poster

A remarkable example of American illustration, Richard Amsel utilized his unique illustrative style in a combination of watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, and gouache to create this iconic movie poster. "The Shootist" (1976) was John Wayne's last film and is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout. It is the story of a dying gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to die with the least pain and the most dignity. The film also stars Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian and  Sheree North, all of whom are depicted in Amsel's artwork.

Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction, Jan 24, 2015
SOLD $18,400

Also at auction is an original "The Shootist" poster, mounted on canvas,
41" x 27 12" - Estimate: $350 - 450