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STAR WARS

Tom Jung

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE PRELIMINARY PAINTING FOR THE MOTION PICTURE POSTER

Year:

 1977

Media:

 Paint - Watercolor

Art Type:

 Prelim

Status: 

 Published Art

Artists: 

Tom Jung (All)

The birthplace of the Star Wars Universe. Original color study of “Luke Skywalker” and “Princess Leia” from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. (Twentieth Century Fox, 1977). The Holy Grail of the reigning pop culture phenomenon.

George Lucas changed science fiction, and the movie industry in general, with the first Star Wars movie. Forty-two years later, Disney is making billions off the universe Lucas created. Lucas was a master synthesizer, liberally borrowing from sources as varied as Flash Gordon and Akira Kurosawa, but he owed his greatest debt to Joseph Campbell, the writer who popularized the idea of “the hero’s journey,” the archetypal story at the heart of mythological tales in every human society. The young man from humble beginnings receives a call to adventure then waffles on whether to leave home until he meets a mentor who sets him on his path, where he finds new allies who help him triumph over his ultimate fear. Once you set that story in space, it pretty much writes itself. Most of the movies inspired by A New Hope, including the prequels, copied the surface-level stuff — special effects, epic space battles, and witty banter from an attractive young cast — without understanding the underlying framework. Star Wars works because it speaks to a deep desire in the human heart; watching it without rooting for the main characters is like trying to keep your leg in place when someone taps your kneecap. The Star Wars universe continues to expand, but people will always watch and love this movie.

The Art:

Vintage original poster art concept painting accomplished in acrylics/watercolors on 12.5 x 19 inch paper by legendary Star Wars illustrator and artist Tom Jung. A historical piece heralding the introduction of this beloved first entry in the Star Wars franchise, which would become a blockbuster empire. This painting resided in the personal collection of the artist for more than 40 years, until he was 75 years of age.

From a private collection.

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