ROBERT JOHNSON 2015 fine art print / edition of 30 / $195.00

ROBERT JOHNSON (1911-1938) is a towering figure in the history of 20th century music. He was a master of early Mississippi Delta blues, but his influence extended into rock, jazz, folk, country, slide guitar, even punk. Eric Clapton called Johnson "the most important blues singer that ever lived." And Bob Dylan said that after first hearing Johnson sing, "I immediately differentiated between him and anyone else I had ever heard." Johnson's life was turbulent, shadowy, and short.

Only two photos were known to exist of the music legend. In 2005, as chronicled by writer (and Drew Friedman fan) Frank DiGiacomo, a worn, three-by-four-inch sepia photo turned up on eBay purporting to depict a young, guitar-wielding B.B. King alongside a buddy. A blues guitar maven in New York examined it closely online and skeptically said to himself, "That's not B. B. King. Because it's Robert Johnson." He won the auction for $2,200, still uncertain that the figure WAS Johnson--or that he could convince anyone else of that fact. After a decade of forensic analysis, the artifact has now been verified as the third existing picture of Robert Johnson.

Drew Friedman's portrait of Johnson, based on the new photograph, places the blues master near a jalopy and a forlorn mailbox in a bleak, rural setting, with a backdrop of bare branches and ominous clouds. May 8 would have been Robert Johnson's 104th birthday, but he only celebrated 27 before his life ended under mysterious circumstances.

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Only thirty (30) prints of ROBERT JOHNSON were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold numbers 1/30 thru 19/30, and are now offering number 20/30, unframed, for $195.00 each (plus shipping & handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The image area is 15-1/4" high x 11-1/2" wide centered on an untrimmed 19" x 13" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.