HANS JOACHIM MARSEILLE Bf 109F-2Z Trop – Artist’s Proof
The AP denotes Artist’s Proof, from the private collection of the artist. These are the first 50 – 100 prints off the press once the artist has approved the color. As a result, these are highly collectible editions and cost a bit more than the limited edition signed and numbered editions
Image size 16 1/2″ X 22″ with margins; 20′ X 25 1/2″ overall
Limited edition of 750 s/n prints with 50 Artist’s Proofs.
The Painting: “Jochen” Marseille was considered by some of his contemporaries to be the most talented pilot in the Luftwaffe. General Adolf Galland even referred to him as the “unequaled virtuoso of all fighter pilots”. On 1 September 1942, he shot down 17 British fighters on three missions, 8 aircraft in 10 minutes. Many times he had multiple victories, eventually to become the most successful Luftwaffe pilot to fly against Western opponents. He was awarded Germany’s highest honor, the Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds.