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Master Painter: Warner E. Sallman / Edition 1

Master Painter: Warner E. Sallman / Edition 1

by Jack R. Lundbom


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Millions of people recognize the religious painting know as Head of Christ, of which an estimated five hundred million prints have been sold. Very few, however, know the artist, Warner E. Sallmann. Sallman's lack of notoriety in professional art circles can be explained by the fact that he made little or no attempt to put himself forward as a Chicago or even a Swedish American artist. He had no exhibitions of his works, and his public life consisted largely of appearances before church and community groups to do chalk drawings. More important was his attitude regarding personal fame. Sallman let the Christ he painted be in the foreground, while the artist remained in the background. ""The time has come,"" argues Jack Lundbom, ""for a broader public to know the man who stands behind the painting and the other artwork bearing the Sallman signature.""

Master Painter is a fascinating story of a gifted man with humble beginnings who overcame disappointment, ill health, and personal limitations in order to live out a vision: that his art serve not only for the enjoyment of humankind, but the practical end of instructing persons in the ways of God. Readers who know the art can now know the artist. It is a story eminently worth telling and one a broad public will be interested to know.

""This book is long overdue and most welcome. Warner Sallman's images of Christ have brought inspiration to millions of people around the world throughout most of the twentieth century, yet only now do we finally have an authoritative treatment of his life and work. Lundbom has compiled a thorough review of Sallman's body of work, set in both personal and professional context. His descriptions of the images are rich in detail, and he includes brief stories of the purposes of the artist at work. . . . But perhaps most important, Lundbom shows us the painter as a humble and committed man of faith who lived, in his son Jim's words, a 'portrait of a godly life through the artistry of living.' Sallman was above all a servant of his Lord, placing at his service the gift he had been given. . . . Master Painter is the story of a man for whom all the lines of his life and his work led to Christ, and we are indebted to Jack Lundbom for recording that legacy.""
--Glen R. Palmberg, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church

Jack R. Lundbom is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, and is an ordained Evangelical Covenant Church Minister.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865546103
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 11/28/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jack R. Lundbom is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, and is an ordained Evangelical Covenant Church Minister.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

List of Illustrations xiii

Abbreviations xiv

Prologue 1

I Talking Small Living Big 5

II 'Before You were Born I Consecrated You' 37

III The Lost Trunk 47

IV Covenant Illustrator 57

V 'The Thrilling Vision' 65

VI The Salvation Army Connection 73

VII The Head of Christ and Other Paintings in Oil 81

VIII Sallman Art in Churches, Hospitals, Schools, Benevolence and Correctional Institutions 103

IX Crown of Thorns and Other Watercolors and Drawings 119

X Recognition Around the World 133

XI Warner Sallman 'Live' 143

XII Sallman and the Art Critics 149

XIII 'Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant' 185

Epilogue 193


I Sketches in Covenant Church Papers 195

II Artwork for the Salvation Army 207

III The Head of Christ and Other Oils 219

IV Institutional Oils and Glass Art 239

V Watercolors and Drawings 259

Inventory of Sallman Art 293

Bibliography 317

Index of Sallman Artworks 325

Index of Scripture Texts 333

Index of Names 336

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