Oil on canvas, relined, 30" by 36" (35" by 41" as framed), signed at lower right by listed American 20th century artist HENRY ENSEL. The scene is a dim interior with a figure reading a newspaper on a simple table that is a virtual independent painting within a painting, of still life, and some dish towels drying in the upper right area. The overall feeling is of the 1930's, a scene likely taking place in a New York tenement of the period. Ensel was a member of the Society of Independent Artists during that period, and his work was exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair, but otherwise there seems to be rather little known about him. His works, including watercolor, show up from time to time at auctions in the northeastern part of the country. The artist is clearly underrated and would benefit from more exposure. This work is the largest example I've found in the course of an online search. It has had a wax reline. There is a repaired two inch horizontal tear at upper left, and a few other faults, like a square piece missing from the lower right edge area, and there are some losses of canvas near the extreme edges. Ask for more detailed photos of any area. .
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