Julie Smith

by Julie Smith
(Lewes, DE, USA)

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Masterpieces, Autumn Mistress, 19.25 x 26.75 inches, 1,000 pieces, art by Karl Bang.
Puzzle #3. Quite the challenge. This took me well over 20 hours of solid puzzling to complete whereas the normal 1,000 pc will take me about 7 hours.
Karl Bang is my all time favorite artist to collect when it comes to puzzles. During Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution in China, artist Karl Bang was obligated to paint only the propaganda images the government demanded him to paint. However, in 1984, he was allowed to emigrate to the United States, where Karl was free to paint his one heart's passion -- beautiful women, goddesses, and the feminine archetype -- from various races and cultures. This central theme to all of Karl Bang's work is exquisitely developed and refined in each of his images. Autumn Mistress 1000 pc Jigsaw Puzzle features a beautiful woman surrounded by a bountiful harvest of grapes, sunflowers, and more.

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Oct 04, 2017
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by: Linda Richard - Admin

Thanks Julie. That is interesting indeed. Mine is a Jumbo brand with the foil as you say and it was purchased in Canada so somehow it navigated its way over here - fine by me cause I love the image.

Hubby located it at the local Thrift store - there seems to be some really unique puzzlers out this way...just gotta locate them.

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by: Julie Smith

Linda, About half of my Karl Bang puzzles are Jumbo and the other ones are by Masterpieces. The Jumbo ones were released only in Europe and most of them were foil puzzles in the gold or silver collection. The Masterpieces ones were released in the US, some with 1,000 and some with 500 or 550 pieces. The hardest parts of the puzzle for me were definitely the leaves and the sunflowers but the grapes were difficult too. I had a table of yellow and green that I was assembling by shape at the end.

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by: Linda Richard - Admin

Also, I meant to ask you Julie, why do you suppose this one took much longer than your usual timing for a 1000 piece puzzle? What areas were the most trickiest?

I noted your puzzle is made by Masterpieces and mine is by Jumbo but it is the same image you have shared with your other images in the Jigsaw Puzzle Connections Facebook Group.

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by: Linda Richard - Admin

Julie, you are correct in saying this is a real stunner - exquisite to say the least. Karl Bang's choice of color combination and beauty goes far beyond superb!

We find the historical background comments very intriguing and interesting and would never have known had you not shared it here.

I actually have Karl Bang's Legend, Silver Edition in my own collection which is most beautiful as well but not as vibrant as the Autumn Mistress.

Once again, another perfect entry for the Halloween - Fall Jigsaw Puzzle Contest so thanks very much.

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