This is a vibrantly colored oil on canvas of sail boats by the California Impressionist Sydney Dale Shaw (1870-1946). Shaw exhibited in California and New York though his work is mostly associated with California. This painting bears its original Salmagundi Club label on which it is titled "Good Breeze." Shaw was regarded as a very strong Impressionist and an early practitioner of Impressionism among California painters. This work is an oil on canvas that shows all the best traits of American Impressionism. It is aggressively painted with broken brushwork and pure colors. It is signed in the lower right and is framed in a new hand carved and hand leafed Arts and Crafts style frame.
Sidney Dale Shaw was born in 1870. He studied at the Art Students League in New York City then in Paris, France. He was a member of the California Art Club, the Salmagundi Club. the American Water Color Society, the New York Water Color Club, and the American Federation of Arts. He exhibited extensively including: the Pan-California Exposition in San Diego in 1915 (medal); Los Angeles in 1916; the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915; the Salmagundi Club; the American Water Color Society; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Art Institute of Chicago; etc. he also had three paintings at the Armory Show in 1913 in New York. His work is in numerous private collections as well as the Colby College Art Museum.
Measurements are: painting, 12 inches x 16 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 15 1/2 inches x 19 1/2 inches.
Condition is very good except for a minor (about 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch) repair in the water in the lower left.
For anyone interested in relatively scarce works by early California Impressionists this is a desirable piece. It is well painted, nicely framed and has the wonderful feature of retaining its original Salmagundi Club exhibition label.
Item ID: JT68
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