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 Posted:   Nov 3, 2013 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Just discovered this excellent blog with Friberg's stunning artworks on show...

I remember seeing some of these in the original souvenir program. Great stuff.
Reproductions here are a bit dark, but the blog is well worth a look.

 Posted:   Nov 4, 2013 - 12:51 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Love Friberg's work.

Found 2 different versions of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS souvenir program. They both have all the paintings of the setpieces reproduced, but one program, probably the earlier version, because the paper seems a higher quality, has photographs of the principal players, while the second has Friberg paintings of them. Always thought that principal influence on Friberg in these paintings was Maxfield Parrish, who had a similar sense of light and composition.

There is a book on the art of Arnold Friberg, which is very good, with a lot of illustrations of his work.

And, for a pittance, anyone can get a copy of the Book of Mormon, with his illustrations reproduced in the text, which are very nice, similar in style to those for TEN COMMANDMENTS.

Interestingly, Friberg also did a series of paintings for the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), or the Mounties, consisting of a young Mountie, very blond, very stalwart, with big chest and shoulders, doing Mountie-ish things, such as consulting with trappers, sitting in church, etc. Interestingly, I found several reproductions of these pictures, in large format, at the local San Diego swap meet.

You never know what you may find at the flea market....

 Posted:   Nov 4, 2013 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Thanks for posting this. It gives me a new appreciation of these paintings.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to stumble across the TEN COMMANDMENTS souvenir program quite by accident, and got it for a steal. I found a copy of the original mono version of the 2-LP set on Dot (which used the original tracks, not a re-recording as the stereo version did) in a used record store for only $5.99. When I picked it up, it seemed rather heavy.
It turned out that the original owner had put the souvenir program inside the album! Needless to say, I bought it.

 Posted:   Nov 4, 2013 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

The six-disc Blu-Ray set of The Ten Commandments contains a replica of the 1956 souvenir booklet.

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