Oil on canvas, unframed, 20" by 26", signed at lower right in red "R. MacDonald" and signed/titled/dated on reverse "R. MacDonald/Heat Wave/July 10 1937". The subject appears to be a young man, possibly African-American, holding a hose on a young child at right, a wooden house hidden partially by a huge tree in the background. The artist has painted a very American work, (and possibly southern, as well), squarely in the 1930's style. I have searched the databases and cannot seem to tie this to a listed artist, though I feel he was definitely trained and familiar with art trends at the time. Summers of the 1930's were infamous for terrible heat; the previous summer of 1936, I believe, still holds the all-time American heat record. The hot weather exacerbated the Depression's hold on the country by worsening the drought conditions especially in the Dust Bowl region. Perhaps further research will reveal the identity of this talented artist. The painting is in reasonably good condition, with a few losses especially at upper right, and a few minor ones elsewhere, and the painting could definitely use a cleaning and varnish and a frame. Thus cared for, it will become a gem of American Scene painting of the 30's. .
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