I am proud to offer you an exotic example of Orientalist art by the American illustrator Anton Otto Fischer dated 1928. Probably done as a book or magazine illustration, the colorful oil on canvas scene looks to take place in the tropics of India. We have a caravan of decorated elephants with important, possibly Royal, Indian riders accompanied by a group of well-equiped warriors with swords. The caravan has stopped and is met by a small group of natives wearing tattered garments. The elder of the small group, with arms spread wide, is possibly asking the leader high atop his elephant an explanation of his origin and intent. His expression is one of grave concern, which gives a clue as to the nature of the story being told. The composition is well-conceived and balanced, and the pallete very colorful. The loose, but very detailed brushwork is indicative of the style of illustration art during this time period (see H.Dunn, F.Schoonover, N.C. Wyeth etc...). The accompanying antique frame looks appropriate and complementary, but is not the original. Signed lower right, 'Anton Otto Fischer '28'. Various numbers and notations backside. A striking example of American illustration art with exotic subject matter for your collection or appropriate interior. Enjoy !
Condition : Looks to be in excellent original condition without any issues of repair or inpainting. Nothing is revealed under UV light and the canvas has not been lined. I did have some work done to the frame, primarily to the corners, and I am happy with the results. In order for the frame to accommodate the painting, the left vertical rabbit was enlarged so that about an inch of the painting on that edge is hidden (I felt the handsome look of the frame outweighed this loss and I would certainly sell the painting without the frame if you so desire).
Size : Painting : 24" (60.96 cm) X 30" (76.20 cm) // Overall : 33" (83.82 cm) X 38" (96.52 cm) // 3" (7.62 cm) Frame Depth
Bio : Anton Otto Fischer (1882 - 1962) was born in Munich and emigrated to NYC in 1903. Early on Fischer traveled and gathered many life experiences which would help him later in his career. He settled in the illustration hub of Wilmington, Delaware and began his long career illustrating for Harpers Weekly, Saturday Evening Post, along with many books and other periodicals. Eventually Fischer moved back to NYC, and later Woodstock, NY continuing to illustrate stories well into the 1950's.
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