Watercolor on paper coastal landscape with menacing sky, a forlorn tree, fence and phone pole, 16" by 23 1/2" (25" by 33" as framed), titled at upper right "Martha's Vineyard Mass. '40" at upper right corner, and signed there by the noted American artist and illustrator GEORGES L. SCHREIBER (1904-1977). This is a large watercolor executed by an artist very talented in the medium. Schreiber was born in Belgium and educated in most of the art capitals of Europe, before arriving in New York in 1928. He became adept at painting in oil, watercolor, as well as lithography and other mediums, exhibiting at the most prestigious venues in the United States, and becoming known for the strong regionalist direction in his art. Many works were executed in the West and Southwest, and even the South. Schreiber traveled far and wide with a discerning eye, capturing the essence of a place. In 1945 he painted a portrait of Thomas Hart Benton, who was a frequent resident and visitor to Martha's Vineyard, the famous resort island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, so it is entirely possible or even likely that Benton would have been a friend or companion at the time and place this was created. The watercolor is in excellent condition. .
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