Thought you guys might dig this, original James Dietz Stuka/Do17 paintings

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  1. krayola

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    Thought you chaps might enjoy seeing these two possibly unpublished Dietz paintings.

    In the late 1970's I was given two painting by Mr. Dietz who was an
    art director at the time at a building on Wilshire Blvd., here in Los
    Angeles where I worked across the street a reprographics company which serviced all the art agencies in Hollywood.

    At the time he'd gotten complaints from people in an adjoining building looking into
    his window office and being upset over the Luftwaffe Stuka pilot. So one day
    while picking up some film work for the reprographic department he pulled them
    off the wall from which they where just pinned there and said, "Hey kid here you go,
    you like planes right?" and he handed them to me which at the time I was eternally
    grateful and humbled.

    I've had them now since 1977. All the splatters and damage were as Dietz gave
    them to me.

    This one is just epic and I saw it painted over a course of several days by Dietz between his other art duties. I've never seen anyone lay down color like this before and watching him do it blew me away.
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    Nice gift!
     
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    I just got back a response from James Dietz, he remembers giving to me and told me the details how he randomly received a visit one day at his office from the Jewish Anti Defamation League because someone in an adjacent building could look into his office.

    I wonder if these are worth anything?
     
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    I think I'd rather hold on to them. Those are nice.:thumbright:
     
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    Yes I agree, I wont ever see anything like this again but I've fallen on hard times recovering from cancer last year.
     
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    Those are great paintings, well detailed.
    I happen to have a book of paintings called "Aviation Art Of World War II" which includes several painting from James Dietz and other well renowned painters. It is very special to look at WWII paintings as they make you see the war, in this case the air war, as it really was: bright and colorful.
     
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    Great paintings!

    As for the Jewish Anti Defamation League, don't like the view? Close your curtains!
     
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