ARBIB, Richard (1917-1995)
1973 or 1978. Mixed media on blue composition board. Signed "Arbib 73" or "Arbib 78" Image size (including text): 18 7/8 x 25 inches. Framed. 25 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches.
A Richard Arbib personal luxury car, modelled on the Cadillac Eldorado.
It's not clear whether the written date on this piece is 73 or 78, but it is definitely by Richard Arbib and definitely in keeping with the look of the 1970's Cadillac Eldorados. In the license plate spot, he has written "Dorade" and there are two shields very similar in shape to the Cadillac emblem. The Dorade is a Mediterranean Bass, the Dorado is a much larger fish known also as the dolphinfish and mahi-mahi. Eldorado however comes from El Dorado, the mythical City of Gold, thought by the conquistadors to exist in South America. Arbib's "Dorade" has nice lines and unusual features. The car is a large two door coupe with a huge hatchback type back window that extends over the trunk. The back lights are recessed into new style fins that extend backwards but not above the plane of the trunk. There are stylized sun roofs above driver and passenger. There are two views given, one from the side and one from the back.