Lovely, almost three dimensional painting of Maurice Ravel, the composer, done by Sam Fink. It features a quote by Ravel, "Inspiration is nothing but a reward for daily work.". It seems to show Ravel seated at a desk while working on a score. In the background you see buildings in a village (perhaps Montfort L'Amaury (a place Ravel spent much of his time). Above his head we see a larger than life musical score and floating above that the quote attributed to him.
This work has paper on board (the paper is built up in several areas to give the piece its three dimensional quality). It is housed in a shadow box type frame that is 3" deep. The piece measures 22"H x 23"W.
We have several of these biographical paintings (that how the artist described them) by Sam Fink. See other listings for similar works that feature J Robert Oppenheimer, Albert Einstein, Hal Borland and James Jones.
Sam Fink was an artist, a calligrapher and an illustrator. He was an artist of inimitable range. He learned to hand-letter from his father. He also studied at the National Academy and the Art Students' League. For decades, he worked as an art director at Young & Rubicam and later, he taught at the Pratt Institute. For more than 20 years, Fink educated and entertained adults and children with his illustrated texts of American history. He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2006 with the release of The Constitution of the United States of America which had won a Gold IPPY. He also published The Declaration of Independence: The Words that Made America. Sam died in 2011 at the age of 95.