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Move over Jules and Vincent- Walter Baumhofer is in the house.
The house of fiction. Pulp Fiction.
Over the years, paperback book covers are torn, wrinkled and even ripped off, which is a shame, because there’s great art there. Walter Baumhofer contributed so many works of art utilized in the burgeoning pulp fiction literary genre during his life, he is revered by most classic dime-book readers as “The King of Pulp.”
Oftentimes large portions of Baumhofer’s paintings were left unpainted, or the composition is off center, allowing space for book titles and author credits. Yet without the type, the images stand alone strong enough as it is, enticing the viewer to draw their own conclusions as to what the plot and storyline of the piece may be.
Baumhofer studied at Pratt Institute and died in 1983. -RR