Oil on canvas laid on panel by the artist, 22 1/2" by 16 1/4" (25" by 18 3/4" in its original painted vintage frame), titled on reverse "Black Ivory", signed there and again in yellow at lower left corner by the well listed California artist who hailed from Denmark, EINAR CORTSEN PETERSEN (1885-1986). Petersen was a widely traveled artist, who, according to the Hughes biographical listing in Artists of California, studied art in Paris, Rome and Munich, working as a decorator. By the year 1912 he was in America, working in Nebraska, Oregon and Washington before arriving in the Los Angeles area by 1916. At the moment I don't see that he traveled in Africa or the Caribbean, but this subject suggests that he might have done so. For decades after his arrival in Los Angeles, Petersen painted landscapes, portraits, still life and murals. Today his paintings appear at auction level, some selling to near $10,000. The painting is in very original condition. It appears as if the artist himself painted the vintage frame to make sure that it perfectly complemented the rich cocoa brown of the subject's skin. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS IN MY SHOP.
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