Today I thought I'd share a few of the many Robert Fawcett scans generously sent to me by our own Charlie Allen, along with Charlie's insightful observations about the artist.
Be sure to visit Charlie Allen's Blog for the latest installment of his CAWS series, updated today. Charlie writes...
"A lot of RF's in my file... still have scads."
"From my limited experience, meeting and talking briefly twice, and hearing a near diatribe before a group of S.F. illustrators (before SF Society of Illustrators was formed), Fawcett was a complicated, almost irascible, man. May have been his genius, a towering ego, or something else.....but for an artist as prolific, as talented, as successful, a legend in his time...he should have been totally happy and positive. I saw the opposite."
"Have thought for a long time about his general 'state of dissatisfaction', and almost hostile attitude that I saw....and, in spite of his great talents. Brilliant people often have unusual personalities....but it just may have been as simple as financial reward. Top lawyers, surgeons, business men, certainly actors, athletes, entertainers, etc. command much higher incomes than the average. This really wasn't the case with illustrators....with a few exceptions."
"Again, enough history. Cheers.... Chas."
Many thanks to Charlie for sharing these scans and his thoughts on the artist- and be sure to check out CAWS # 7 at Charlie Allen's Blog.
* My Robert Fawcett Flickr set.