Introducing the fourth release in this blockbuster new series by the world's most widely collected aviation artist.
It isn’t often that a new series has had such an immediate impact as Robert's Icons of Flight
, with each of the three previous releases selling out within days of publication. Dedicated to some of the most famous aviators of the First and Second World Wars, these ground-breaking compilation artworks are novel in both inspiration and execution.
Few artists possess Robert’s undisputed personal relationship with the many distinguished combat aviators who flew and fought in those major air campaigns of the twentieth century. One of the most famous is the subject of Robert’s new release – Adolf ‘Dolfo’ Galland – unquestionably the greatest fighter leader in the Luftwaffe and one highly respected by his Allied opponents.
Never afraid of speaking his mind, Dolfo's outspoken clashes with Luftwaffe supremo Hermann Goering were numerous. When he was finally banished from German High Command, he set about forming his own elite unit equipped with revolutionary Me262 jet fighters – ‘Jagdverband 44’ – the unit depicted in the new drawing that forms the centerpiece of Robert’s compilation.
Both drawings have been reproduced as highly-restricted Giclée proofs but what happens next, however, is at the heart of this new series. Robert personally takes over proceedings, transforming each proof into a unique work through the application of subtle embellishments, elegant highlights and refined tonal application of muted color washes.
Then, only when Robert is entirely satisfied with the finished result, does he title and caption each work before signing and hand-numbering each of these individual and unique pieces.
Only 26 copies of this memorable portfolio are available worldwide, in recognition of his outstanding leadership of one of the Luftwaffe’s most revered units, JG26. Each pair of drawings is artistically matted to full conservation standards in a single composition that includes an ORIGINAL and fully authenticated autograph of the man himself; Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND, together with a museum-quality reproduction of his Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.Signature:Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND