Rare Original & Signed Emmett Kelly Sr Oil Painting by Donald "Rusty" Rust
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Completed in 1982, it is a limited edition 41/250. This is image #23 of 130 of the images of Emmett Kelly completed by DL Rust, entitled "Bum Deal". I am the original owner and the framed painting is in very good condition (kept in non-smoking home environment). Additional pictures available upon request.
Artwork Canvas: 24”(H)x 20”(W); Wood Framed dimensions: 31.25"(H)x 27.5"(W); Includes Art Light.
About Emmett Kelly Sr
Born: Dec 09, 1898 • Sedan, KS
Died: Mar 28, 1979 • Sarasota, United States
Emmett Kelly Sr., the most well-known of the tramp clowns of the circus. His character, Weary Willy, was the perpetual underdog, who never gave up – and, because of it, occasionally won. He was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1989.
About the Artist
Rust met Emmett Kelly in 1962. Mr. Rust was commissioned to create a series of original, limited edition oil paintings depicting famous clown Emmett Kelly.
The edition included 250 hand-painted examples of each image completed entirely by the artist. Mr. Rust is one of few artists to have been granted the official rights to paint iconic clown, Emmett Kelly.
Mr. Rust's art can be found in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the Ringling Museum of the Circus, and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Philadelphia.