Watercolor on heavy paper, 20" by 30" (and the narrow wood frame shown is available with the art at no extra cost), signed at lower left by the artist, JOHN MEIGS (1916-2003), the subject a one room simple old time house or shack on the prairie or high plains. Included in the scene are a lonely rocking chair, spindly trees, and a barbed wire fence. There are no figures, and the scene suggests loneliness, isolation, and solitude. Meigs was primarily and foremost a southwestern painter in the realist tradition, but later in life also became a noted illustrator of space travel-related subject matter, creating at least one edition of prints for Associated American Artists. He studied with Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, and the influence of both is notable here. In fact, he edited the book "Peter Hurd---The Lithographs". Meigs was a painter, illustrator, printmaker, and art historian, based in San Patricio, New Mexico. It is with that state that he is now most closely associated. Works are held by a number of museums around the country. CONDITION: Originally this was behind non-glare glass, which I have removed. The photos were taken with the heavy paper just resting in the frame opening for visual effect. The work is generally clean, with just some water stain at upper right in the tree branch--actually, it appears, water which caused the existing paint of the branch to run a bit; or, possibly, a slightly oily foreign substance might have come in contact with the paper at that particular spot; hard to tell. The edges of the heavy paper were crudely trimmed, perhaps by the artist himself, but that is not visible when properly framed. At lower right is the blindstamp of Strathmore Paper. See the net for more on the artist. .
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