"Birth of a Legend" Fine Art by Artist Robert Taylor
"Birth of a Legend"
By Artist, Robert Taylor
Limited to 850 prints
Edition #: 174/850
Size: 33" x 25.25" (83.8 x 64.1 cm)
COA Not Available
Signed by Oberst Erich Hartmann, Generalleutnant Gunther Rall, Oberst Erich Rudorffer, Oberst Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert, Hauptman Alfred Grislawski, Leutnant Edmund Rossmann, Leutnant Hugo Broch, Leutnant Viktor Petermann, Hermann Buchner, and Artist Robert Taylor.
5 November 1942 - Erich Hartmann led a Schwarm of Bf-109s from JG52 early in his career eagerly searching for his first kill on the Eastern Front. Upon spotting a number of Russian enemy aircraft heading to the front, Hartmann set his sights on an unsuspecting Russian IL-2 Sturmovik. In an act of near point blank range, his 20mm cannon shredded the IL-2 only to be showered with exploding shrapnel and debris which mortally damaged his own aircraft. Erich Hartmann maintained control of his damage 109 and crashed landed in the fields below.
Erich Hartmann would later become the top-scoring fighter pilot ace with 352 recorded victories.
Signed by Erich Hartmann himself and numerous other Luftwaffe Aces, this fine art print by artist Robert Taylor is considered to be one of the most exceptionally rare and highly-sought after "Hartmann Trilogy" prints.
This print has been SOLD OUT for years and is only available as a Secondary Market offering.
Never Framed & Stored Flat in Smoke-Free Environment.
About the Artist:
The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularize a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike. He became an instant success.
Robert's aviation paintings are instantly recognizable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real!
Although the artwork has been stored flat, it will be rolled and shipped in a heavy mailing tube for safety during transit.
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