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    Original Fitch Fulton screen-used matte painting of "Tara" from Gone With the Wind used in the elaborate opening title sequence. Original Fitch Fulton screen-used matte painting of "Tara" from Gone With the Wind used in the elaborate opening title sequence. (MGM, 1939) When David O. Selznick was preparing Gone With the Wind, he gathered together some of the most talented cinematic artists in Hollywood at the time, realizing that the film would need a number of effective matte paintings to save on costs and embellish the elaborate sets. The team of artists consisted of photographic effects supervisors, Jack Cosgrove and Albert Simpson, who were skilled at blending mattes with live-action components, and Fitch Fulton, who later worked as an uncredited matte artist on Citizen Kane, and on the technical staff of Mighty Joe Young. Fulton is probably best remembered as a talented landscape painter, focusing on Southern California and Sierra Nevada, and, as the father of special effects artist John Fulton. It was Fitch Fulton and Albert Simpson who sketched the mattes for Gone With the Wind on 30 x 40 in. Masonite boards, providing Tara with walls that were never built, bringing Atlanta back from the devastating fire, and rendering the many realistic details that brought the Civil War era to life on the screen. There were more than one hundred shots in Gone With the Wind that incorporated matte paintings. When it came to the matte work for the opening credits in the film, Fitch Fulton was the artist who came up with the concept based on the research, paintings, sketches and original architectural plans supplied by Kurtz, Cosgrove, Simpson, Menzies and others on the art department team. Offered here is the original matte painting of Tara by Fulton used in the At Tara/The O'Hara Plantation in Georgia credits, executed in oils on masonite with rich, vibrant color worthy of this important subject. In this painting, the iconic Tara is presented as a sprawling estate on a working plantation in the Old South, set behind a tree with a neatly kept path angling up to the door. This is the actual screen-used matte painting of Tara used in the opening credits of the epic romantic film.  At that time MGM artists were allowed to take home their paintings and Fulton later changed the bottom of the painting to make it more to his aesthetic liking by adding some bushes and removing the fence. This is the reason the lower portion of the piece does not match exactly to screen today. An incredibly important piece of original artwork from the film, this screen-used matte painting is one of the finest artifacts to have survived the 70+ years since the release of Gone With the Wind. This is the only screen-used matte painting of Tara still known to exist and easures 36 x 31.5 inches. A quarter-inch perimeter exhibits scuffing from a previous frame; otherwise, in fine condition. From the family of artist Fitch Fulton and comes with a signed letter of authenticity. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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