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Arthur Radenbaugh

Arthur Radenbaugh
Are we there yet? Is this the future?

Apparently not, judging by the lack of seed-shaped aerodynamic three-wheeled cars and art deco skyscrapers (Chrysler Building notwithstanding), but the future as depicted by futurist illustrator Arthur Radenbaugh in the 1930’s would have been very cool indeed.

Radenbaugh did his futuristic renderings of cars for Motor magazine, and his advertising and editorial illustrations for magazines like Esquire, Fortune and Advertising Agency with an eye to the future, and rendered them with a futuristic tool, the airbrush, which was coming into broader use at the time.

The ability of the airbrush to lay down remarkably smooth, even tones and gradations (today being replaced by digital tools that do the same thing more easily), made it the tool of choice for rendering a future that would obviously be seemlessly smooth, shiny and sleekly modern (just like today!)

There is a virtual exhibition of Radenbaugh’s work, Radenbaugh, The Future We Were Promised online as part of The Palace of Culture Museum.

Hey, I still want to know why we don’t all have a gyrocopter in our driveway. Must not be the future yet.


5 responses to “Arthur Radenbaugh”

  1. That’s not a 3 wheeled future car – that’s Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion car, which in 1933 got 30 miles per gallon and travelled up to 120 mph ( Sadly it had a few flaws, not the least of which was low stability in a crosswind.

  2. But it looks cool as all get-out, and you need one if you have a Dymaxion house.

  3. Very cool. Thanks for posting Arthur Radenbaugh’s site. I loved viewing his futuristic art. I also love the cars from this time period:)

  4. ant imfo on what price arts works have brought

  5. does any of arts work bring a price for his talent i have a couple of his orginial oil paintings