Oil or possibly oil mixed with another medium such as gouache or tempera, 18 3/4" by 28" (25 3/4" by 34 1/2" as framed), the subject colorful old fishing shacks on a pier over reflecting waters, a small boat tied up at right center, signed at lower right by the noted American illustrator artist ARTHUR SARNOFF (1912-2000). Sarnoff was a well known artist, his works appearing in many magazines, such as McCall's, American Weekly, Collier's, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Home Companion, and the American Magazine. A student of John Clymer and Andrew Wyeth, and member of the Society of Illustrators, Sarnoff was best known for his commercial work, often dealing with whimsical Americana-themed subject matter. Some of his most desirable and sought after work today, in the auction arena, is pin-up art. Sarnoff also painted clowns, still life, and, most famously, dogs playing pool (his work "The Hustler" is considered perhaps his best known). Many pool rooms across the country feature a print of one of those paintings. Sarnoff was at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City, and he also exhibited at the National Academy of Design. See the net for other examples of his work. Apparently he spent some time at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, a few gouache studies of that area having come to light. The present work could I suppose also be of Peggy's Cove, or, it could be somewhere along the coast of New England. The colors of the shacks are quite harmonious and muted, and this is a most peaceful composition. On the reverse, it is titled "Reflections" in pencil. The painting has apparently been varnished at some point in the past. That varnish has browned and "alligatored", forming a brownish pebbled surface (see close ups). Otherwise the painting and frame are in fine condition. .
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