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GEORGE ERNEST COLBY (1859-1922) attractive watercolor landscape by listed American 19th century artist
Watercolor on paper, 8 1/4" by 16" inside the mat (16 1/2" by 23 1/2" as framed), signed at lower right by noted American artist GEORGE ERNEST COLBY (1859-1922). Colby is listed as hailing from the Midwest, but his watercolors seem to be widely distributed around the country and I suspect he spent considerable time in the east. While one most commonly encounters his watercolor landscapes, similar to this example, Colby also painted the high plains and the Colorado mountains in oil. A friend of influential artist and teacher John Vanderpoel (who was a teacher of Georgia O'Keeffe), he exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the National Academy in New York and, also, apparently, at the Paris Salon. This work, found recently in Salem, Massachusetts, is in excellent, fresh condition and is pleasingly framed in gold wood. The mat is an old overmat but the adhesive is degrading and the mat is easily removed. The watercolor itself was laid long ago on the board. I've taken this out of the frame for photography. .
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