This is a very pretty vintage framed acrylic oil painting (on an artist’s board), by artist Jean Caroll Byrne. It shows the interior of a mission courtyard, as viewed through a stone archway. It is painted in tones of cream and brown. It is signed “Caroll”, by the artist, in the lower right corner. The back of the painting contains the artist’s name and address and also states “Registered #72071 Artist Reproduction Rights Reserved”. Such a notation served to put others ‘on notice’ that, if there was a desire to make reproductions of the image in this artwork, the consent of the artist had to be obtained. The artist’s board is securely held into the frame, with a few light-weight triangular-shaped pieces of metal (that are also visible on the back of the artwork).
Jean Caroll Byrne (1934-2009) was born in Rochester, New York, as Genevieve Campagna. As an adult, she won a scholarship to study art at Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, which is a department of the University of Rochester. As an adult, she also used the names ‘Jean Caroll’ and ‘Jean Caroll Byrne’. In the 1960s and 1970, she lived and worked as a painter, in California. In her later years, she lived and worked in New Mexico. Byrne and her husband also ran an arts and crafts store called Hand Made USA, which featured her works and the works of other artists. Her paintings, which sold at galleries and art show around the United States, were often in the Impressionism style and typically depicted south-western themes (such as scenes in mission courtyards).
This framed artwork is about 23 1/4 inches (wide) by 32 1/4 inches (high). The actual image/artist’s board is about 14 3/4 inches (wide) by 23 1/2 inches (high).
This painting is in very good condition, with no tears/bends on the board, stains, or chipped paint. It is in a six-sided pine wood frame that has been painted/stained brown ‘on the front, only’. The part of the frame that is directly around (and touching) the artist’s board, has a cream colored linen-like material on it, so that there is an appearance (only) that the painting has a linen matting around it. There is a very small separation of two of the corners of the frame, where the linen-like material is on it. (See image no. 8.) The frame does not appear to be in any danger of coming apart, at the point where the two corners meet, but the small separation is visible. It is about 3/8 of an inch long. The rest of the frame has a few nicks and scratches. There is also an easy-to-fix “scrape” on the stain/paint that is near the lower right corner of the frame. (See image no. 6.)
Vintage Original Signed Jean Caroll Byrne Acrylic Oil Painting (of Western Mission and Courtyard) on Board