The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Chantrell Artwork 1968

Type: Artwork
Condition: Excellent
Year: 1968
Genre: Drama
Reference: #975

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Original Chantrell finished artwork (21"x 28") for this critically acclaimed American drama released in 1968. Comparison with the American advertising campaign (US 1-Sheet poster shown courtesy of is instructive. Chantrell picks up on the tinted photographic style of the American artwork but provides an inventive twist. The hand forms the shape of a heart & encapsulates a rose tinted image of a reflective Sondra Locke (in her debut role). Given that the film tackled issues of both racial & disability prejudice, this very human imagery is particularly fitting.

This piece of artwork serves to highlight 2 interesting points about Chantrell. Although the bulk of Chantrell's poster illustrations were painted, here we have a relatively early example of Chantrell exploring a photographic style of composition (this style now completely dominant in contemporary British cinema poster production). However, Chantrell not only had an ability to switch between different artistic styles but he was an artist who encompassed illustration & poster design too. It is easy to forget that many 20th century cinema posters, though executed by a particular artist, were often the product of master designers (ie, Eric Pulford, Vic Fair) but in most cases Chantrell created his own poster designs. Indeed, it was Chantrell's aversion to outside "interference" that led him to go freelance in 1971.

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