This oil on canvas, 16" by 20" (24" by 28" as framed), is a fine work of self-taught, listed artist SAMUEL KOCHMEISTER, (1887-1963, and also known as KOCH). The artist was born in Poland and escaped persecution by relocating in New York. Fairly obscure today, his talents were recognized early, with exhibits of his work having been held at the Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran, Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian. By 1942 the New York dealer Sidney Janis had already included him in a publication "They Taught Themselves". While some artists in this category like Horace Pippin went on to more acclaim and big auction records at painting and folk art auctions, Koch seems to have not reached this level in the marketplace. Nevertheless the work speaks for itself. There are two 2 1/2" more or less horizontal tears that will need repair, but these tears have edges that meet up and that will facilitate the restorer's work. Otherwise the painting is in excellent condition. The FRAME is most interesting, with excellent carving and paint; I feel it likely to be original to the work or perhaps even crafted by the artist. It alone has considerable value, I believe. See the askart listing for more images of the artist's works.
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