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Posted 7 years ago


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I have this painting given to me by a friend of mine. Does anyone know anything about this painting? Any information will be appreciated.

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  1. Charlene, 7 years ago
    I have a print by the same artist. Runci with a crown above the R. It's an image of a matador. Have you found anything out about this artist? I can't find anything.
  2. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    Here you go...
  3. cindy, 7 years ago
    Dear Charlene, I am stumped to...I can't find anything about this either, most of the sites i've visited want you to pay for information but everyone has the same i just leave it hanging on my wall. Amazing how popular he is and no one can give any information on this.If i find anything i will write back.Thanks.
  4. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    Edward Runci picture "CLOWN" 1968
  5. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    Edward Runci piece 'CLOWN' 1968
  6. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    this website answers the question of subject matter.
  7. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 7 years ago
    It is probably just a decorative repro, and not an original painting.

    Here's what Ed Runci's daughter, Drienne Runci Spencer, writes:

    I am the the daughter of EDWARD and MAXINE RUNCI and the only heir to their estate and intellectual property. Reading over messages on the discussion board, I see for the most part viewers descriptions of their Runci artwork and inquiries as to the value of those pieces. Many of those inquiries describe the same artwork. I thought it helpful to provide the following information...
    A number of RUNCI original artworks were made into print. Some of those prints, pin-ups, soda ad illustrations, and a few others were printed by Calendar companies such as Brown and Bigelow and Shaw Barton during the 1950's and 60's. In later years many of this artwork would be printed and sold without permission. With the arrival of internet and the web this practice has unfortunately flourished. A number of other paintings were also made into print by various publishing companies. Donald Bonnist and DONALD ART of Port Chester, New York published many different subject matters painted by EDWARD RUNCI AND MAXINE RUNCI. Subjects of reproductions included Ballet, Bullfight, Children, Clowns, Still life, Landscape, Seascape, Religious, Western, Indian...
    The reproductions were on paper or canvas, of great quality, and published in quantity. Although, unfortunately, the prints do not hold significant monetary worth today, they hold personal value.
    Reproductions of RUNCI artwork are a fragment of an entire lifetime devoted to the creation of new works which are for the most part in private collections. It is rare to find orginal RUNCI artwork on the market today. --

    The original of your Clown print is pictured here:

    Edward Runci was a Sicilian-born painter who moved to the United States in the 1930s. Runci's career took off after World War II and he was well known for his paintings of pin-up girls as well as his advertisements for companies such as Coca-Cola. Although most known for his paintings of women, Runci also painted clowns, landscapes and was a portraitist for the Hollywood elite. Runci spent his last decades in Big Bear Lake, CA where he had a studio and art school. --

    Edward Runci (1921 - 1986) was born on July 4, 1921 in Genoa, Italy. Edward Runci is an outstanding but unfortunately little-known or talked-about master of pin-ups in oil. His luxuriant brush strokes reveal a talent and skill comparable to Elvgren, though Runci apparently is not a graduate of the Sundblom shop. According to noted pin-up authority Charles Martignette, Runci was a portrait artist in Hollywood when he was approached by a calendar company for pin-ups. Martignette notes that Runci girls frequently get caught in compromising situations climbing a fence to flee a bull, dress blowing up on a Ferris Wheel ride. Runci's early 1950s girls are rosy-checked, voluptuous, often blonde Marilyn Monroe-types whose wholesome sensuality radiates off the canvas. He also dabbled in the glamour-gown sub-genre, creating startlingly life-like effects in the silky folds of garments. Martignette speculates that Runci's artist wife may have likewise done similar, but slightly looser pin-ups also under the singular "Runci" byline. Maxine his wife, also an accomplished artist and sculptor, did some pinups under the name of M. Stevens which were often to be confused with those of her husband Ed's. Later works of Maxine's were signed M. Runci. She also flourished in her career. Both Edward and Maxine died early in life. He died on July 12, 1986. A great loss to the art world. -- Runci
  8. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    There is an old test of asking someone to write down the steps they would use to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. For me it is 4. Get bread. Get peanut butter. Get jelly. Make sandwich. For my wife there are probably 30 something including washing hands (who knew?), knife and spoon selection and Lord only knows what else. Ms.D must be like that.
    And so it is with research. I try to get you started while Ms.D gives you the whole package. I love her work, she's the best! You are fortunate if she researches your stuff. Where does she get the time?
  9. Cindy, 7 years ago
    I would like to thank everyone for their comments. LOL savoychina1...and thank you for the information Ms.Dow, I appreciate it.
  10. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 7 years ago
    Hi Savoy -- too funny! I should actually be working, but think I am addicted to the feeling I get when I actually find some relevant info -- those old endorphins kick in when I am "hunting" info.
  11. Frank O, 7 years ago
    I have the same painting!
  12. cindy, 7 years ago
    Dear Frank O, wow alot of info. on this pic hugh! I wonder how many people actually have the same painting, but according to MrsDow, it's worthless.Oh well, guess i'll have to collect more...LOL
  13. Marion C., 7 years ago
    I recently acquired what seems to be an original oil painting of a sea scape signed by B.M. Runci. Could this be Maxine Runci's work? Please let me know. I'm puzzled.
  14. debbie fillier, 6 years ago
    I purchased an oil painting of a cottage scene signed B.M.Runci.Im having a hard time finding out anything on the painting. All the sites are asking for money to appraise. If anyone has any information that would be great Thank You
  15. Jeri Le, 6 years ago
    Edward Runci painted my portrait in 1956 when I was 18 years old. I still have the portrait and value it very much. Does it have any value in the marketplace?
  16. Vegashank, 2 years ago
    I believe I have the original signed "Clown" [1968], purchased at a yard sale approx. 10 yrs. ago in Las Vegas, NV. I was captivated by its stylistic execution to some Renaissance masters!
    I have emailed Runci's daughter Ms. Spencer, in Paris, FRANCE, asking for more information, and await her reply .

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