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Batman & Robin by Tim Burton (May 1988)

Artist: Tim Burton (All)

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Batman & Robin by Tim Burton (May 1988) Comic Art
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Artwork Details

Title: Batman & Robin by Tim Burton (May 1988)
Artist: Tim Burton (All)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Illustration
Views: 11,895
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Favorited on CAF: 2
Comments: 20
Added to Site: 12/29/2007
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This is one of my absolute favorite pieces of art, a finished drawing from a true grail artist - the amazing Tim Burton. I don't think anyone draws quite like him:)

Although he had done Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice, Burton really rose to A-list prominence when he helmed the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

On that film he worked with production designer Anton Furst to create Gotham City, which won Furst an Academy Award for Art Direction/Set Design.

During this time Tim and Anton became good friends, and for Anton's birthday Tim drew this Batman and Robin in colored pencil(May 6, 1988).

Source: This piece appeared on foreign eBay with a high price and no bidders. The seller was consigning it on behalf of the original owner, Mr. Furst's then girlfriend, who included a letter explaining it's history and why she had it.

Almost a year after seeing it on eBay I regretted missing it and emailed the seller, he contacted the owner, and we worked something out. A great chase story that I'm still amazed at!!

Rare: This is the rarest thing I own. Tim's art is largely unavailable. Rare scribbles for fans at signings, but no REAL art. No finished art. Very little of Burton's art seems to exist outside his hands, much of it now touring in a global exhibit. (In 2016-2017 Heritage listed a handful of good monster pieces from his time working at Disney).

This is one of those creatures that shouldn't exist in the wild. A finished colored pencil piece of Batman and Robin, unique and so quirkily Burton in every way, done the year before his Batman film was even released. I'm certain I could search for the next 50 lifetimes and never find anything this nice.

Fun Tidbit: In 2009-2010 there was an exhibit of Tim Burton's artwork at The Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), which drew over 800,000 people. This was the third largest turnout ever for a MoMA exhibit, behind only Picasso and Matisse. The show continues to travel the world, setting similar records everywhere. None of the Batman art in the exhibit is as nice as this:)


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Steve W. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
That's a very nice piece of art .
Posted on 12/29/2007

Felix  Lu wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
This is a great piece! As an aside, I worked at 20th Century Fox (and Largo Entertainment) back in the early 90's and they were all set to make the WATCHMEN movie from Sam Hamm's script with Terry Gilliam directing. Anton Furst was going to be the set designer. When he committed suicide, that was the beginning of the end for that incarnation. Now, all these years later, the movie will finally happen. Different players, but we'll finally get to see it on the big screen.
Posted on 1/2/2008

Mike Rice wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 1/2/2008

Frank Cairo wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Oh my God. what i wouldn't give to have a piece of tim burton art. this is kick ass!
Posted on 2/15/2008

Jason Weitzner wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I'm not the Burton fan I once was but I remember when Nightmare came out looking at all the preliminary designs Tim had come up with - the guy truly has a style all his own and to see him depict the Dark Knight and Boy Wonder and keep intact all his quirky design sensibilities is just so cool - CONGRATS and PLEASE LMK should you decide to part with this piece.
Posted on 2/28/2008

* From The Land Beyond wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Thanks for adding the back story for this. You too Felix. Really gives this piece more depth and understanding.
Posted on 3/11/2008

aric shapiro wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
One of the most novel Batman pieces I've ever seen--EVER
Posted on 3/18/2008

Icon UK wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Awesome! Is it just me who now wants to see Henry Selick make an animated Batman movie in this style? :)
Posted on 3/18/2008

Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
VERY cool piece!!! Tim's got skills!!!
Posted on 2/28/2010

Crees Tyler wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
OUTSTANDING! This is a huge piece of art !
Posted on 4/17/2010

Andrea F. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
WooooooW!! Rare and superb!! Congrats!!
Posted on 5/13/2010

Jim Warden wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
WOW! This is beyond cool! Congratulations on an obtaining such an amazing piece!
Posted on 12/28/2010

Raymond's Collector wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Thanx for the comment left on my McCay Jason! I really appreciate it. Well, i couldn't say my early page is rarer than this beautiful Burton's drawing. A gem you should treasure, congratz!
Posted on 9/23/2011

Jeff M wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 11/18/2011

J L wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
That's so cool!!!!
Posted on 1/17/2012

Robbie  Cook wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
DANG - that is mighty impressive! How many chances do you get to grab something this special??? This is right up there with an original from Vincent Price! A real gem!
Posted on 4/2/2012

Tristan E wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
une piéce mythique
Posted on 7/2/2014

Jean-Michel Anneau wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Simply perfect !!!!
Posted on 1/22/2015

Mark Levy wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Really cool piece - thanks for posting this rare treasure!
Posted on 1/14/2017

Mike (aka Off White) White wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Awesome story & great piece!
Posted on 1/15/2017

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