Watercolor on paper painting, 15 1/4" by 19 1/4" (30" by 34" in its quality vintage framing), the subject reef fish of tropic seas, swimming in the deep. The artist, ELIOT O'HARA (1890-1969) signed his name in bold capitals at lower right and dated the work there 1951. O'Hara was born in Massachusetts near Boston, the son of the founder of the Waltham Dial (Watch) Company. Early on O'Hara broke with the traditional life track that could have been his, heading into a life in the arts. A world traveler before world travel was as easy as it is today, he was exposed to a tremendous, almost unimaginable variety of subject matter in the course of many trips to most of the continents, from unusual and exotic landscapes to cultural riches, and he recorded much of it in the difficult watercolor medium. In the year 1947 a tragic fire at his studio in Goose Rocks Beach, Maine destroyed much of his early work, the early works as a result being much more rarely encountered today. From the 1930's to the 1960's, O'Hara was arguably one of America's best known watercolorists, having produced six books on the subject. He taught thousands of students, many of whom still proudly trace their artistic training to him. This example clearly displays his mastery of the medium, with subtle coloring, wet-on-wet technique, and a seemingly effortless composition that belies the thought that went into it. Condition is excellent, with the colors fresh and no foxing nor staining noted. Allow for reflections in a few images. The watercolor is loose under the mat and will need to be professionally matted, with acid-free archival materials. See the net for much more on the artist.
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