American School, early 20th century
Fall landscape – a passing shower
oil on canvas, 8 in. x 10 in.
(framed dimensions: 14 in. x 16 in.)
This an evocative, deftly painted, and intimate landscape, combining elements of both Tonalism and Impressionism. In the foreground is a slow-moving creek and beyond that in the middle ground a grouping of trees showing the onset of fall colors. Darker colored clouds scudding past overhead indicate a passing shower and the distant ridgeline and patch of blue sky add a bit of drama and contrast where the sun is still shining. While at first glance the painting would appear to be tonalist, with subdued earth tones, close examination reveals an unexpected variety of colors from the artist’s palette – olive and viridian greens, russet reds, light oranges, and blues as well as lavender grays in the clouds - all are applied in a painterly manner with loose but controlled brush strokes.
When I look at this painting, a handful of American artists come to mind, among them - Albert Insley, J.F. Murphy, Joseph Greenwood and others. However, there is no signature or monogram that I can find, and only an indecipherable inscription on one stretcher bar. At any rate, it is a compelling, tranquil, and well executed painting in a convenient size that can hang anywhere and is nicely framed as well.
Condition: The painting has some age and is in excellent condition. The paint surface is clean and free from defects. I believe the painting has been cleaned as there are remnants of old yellowed varnish at the edge of the canvas where attached to the stretcher bar when examined on reverse. There is one pea-sized area of retouch in the clouds just above and to the right of the large tree with russet foliage. The modern gilt frame is in excellent condition.
American School, Early 20th century, Fall landscape - A Passing Shower
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