Cleopatra by Edward Mason Eggleston
Cleopatra by Edward Mason Eggleston

Cleopatra c1934 by American Painter Edward Mason Eggleston (1882 – 1941), an who specialized in fashionable and fantasy women’s calendar portraits. He was also known as a commercial illustrator doing work for such firms as the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Fisk Tire Company, and the Great Lakes Exposition.

An Art Deco Period portrait painting of an attractive young lady as the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, casually resting on a stepped platform couch looking at a peacock that is standing by her side and who’s long flowing tail reaches the floor near a vase filled with flowers.

In the background lit by the moonlight we can see a grand palace through the trees illuminated in a bluish green light completing the magic and fantasy feel of the artwork,

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

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Edward Mason Eggleston (22 November 1882 – 14 January 1941) was an American painter who specialized in calendar portraits of women, fashionable and fantastic.

He was also a well known commercial illustrator doing work for companies such as the Fisk Tire Company, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Great Lakes Exposition.

He attended the Columbus Art School in Columbus, Ohio and moved to New York about 1915, where he worked to illustrate magazine covers, travel posters, advertisements and calendars.

He worked primarily with oil paints on canvas, and also with pastels, water colors, and gouache.

Eggleston tapped into an American trend toward escapist fantasy during the Great Depression years of the 1930s.

Described as “storytelling,” his calendar works focused on women in stylish and fashionable dresses and hats, swimwear, or costumed as Native-American women, “Egyptian Goddesses,” pirate girls, and women in the character of Peter Pan

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