This is a work with a real WPA 1930's feeling to it, but it is dated 1965. The artist was IDA HANSGEN, or possibly, HANSGREN. (There's a little writing on the frame on reverse that suggests there might have been an "r" in her name). Very surprisingly, I cannot find a listing or any information on her. The painting's subject is a courthouse with "1877" over the door, the building artistically placed in a contrived and constricted space, a classic butte type mountain filling the upper left corner. Measurements of the masonite board are 21" by 31" (27" by 37" as framed), and the media used are ink and possibly gouache or a gouache/oil combination of some sort. Condition is excellent save for some very small marks at upper left, and this painting is wall ready. I purchased it recently in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The seller could not provide any information on the artist but he agreed that she should be listed. The painting to me has a Texas feel, since there are so many courthouses in Texas' many counties, and the courthouses are always the center of many small towns, and they are often featured in Texas art. That all said, this one is a mystery, but the work stands on its own and is an excellent example of modernist southwestern art. .
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