This Original watercolor is signed Gbates or Gbatz I just can not read it. Painting is in great condition with no foxing, tears or holes. Painting measures 18-1/2 inches wide and 15 inches tall. The frame measures 25-1/2 inches wide and 22-1/4 inches tall. This is one of my favorite watercolor paintings. It shows a man tired from work either walking to a field in the morning or walking home after a hard days work. This is the painting I would see going or returning from my work day to remind me of how beautiful the surroundings really are. Sometimes I needed a reminder to take time to breath the fresh air and take in the beauty of Gods creation.
The story behind this watercolor is in the 1930's it was left in the train station in Pueblo, Colorado. Then it was moved to unclaimed items for many years. In the 1940's the picture was moved to a hallway in the offices of the rail yard. There it sat on the wall till it was closed down then moved again to another railroad office where it once again found its way to a hall wall. When those offices closed it sat in the vacated building until a law was passed so it could be sold in 1990. It was purchased by the old office employee as he had remembered seeing it when he had first started as a teenager working for the railroad in the 1940's. I purchased it from him in 2009.
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G Bates or G Batz Man at Harvest Watercolor Painting 1930's Signed By Artist