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Jack Kerouac's Religious Wall Art, Demonstrating the Importance of his Roman Catholic Faith

A small assortment of religious artwork, five pieces, comprised of colorful book plates, magazine cut-outs, and recycled Christmas cards, used by Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) to decorate his living space. The famous American writer who brought us "On The Road" (1957) was also an extremely pious Roman Catholic. The images have scattered stains and surface abrasions from old tape. Isolated corner folds. Else in very good to near fine condition. Average size 5" x 7". Representative pieces in this lot are stamped with the Jack Kerouac Estate stamp.

Kerouac's Roman Catholic faith was intense and instilled in him by his beloved French-Canadian mother, Gabrielle-Ange Lévesque (1895-1973). Photographs from the interior of Kerouac's last home at 5169 10th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida show numerous religious icons scattered around the rooms. Could these images, carefully saved by Kerouac and mounted for display, have once surrounded his work desk?

1. A Christmas card depicting the Virgin Mary and Christ child, inscribed inside: "To you and your mom…From Jack + Family". The handwriting could be that of Stella Kerouac or Kerouac's mother Gabrielle.

2. A Christmas card depicting Johannes de Turrecremeta, "Flight into Egypt" (1478), inscribed inside "from Dorothy".

3. After Georges Rouault, "De Profundis" (1946)

4. After Georges Rouault, "Christ Mocked by Soldiers" (1932)

5. After Gobelins Tapestry, "The Toilette of Esther" (18th century), ca. 1961

At first glance, Kerouac's piety may seem to contradict his iconoclastic lifestyle. But his Roman Catholicism coexisted with many other creeds, included Buddhism.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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