Oil on canvas painting of a forest interior in browns and greens, 14" by 20", unframed, signed at lower left by the noted American late 19th century painter ARTHUR PARTON (1842-1914). Parton was born on the Hudson River and went on to become a well known painter of that river and the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. He is described as a second generation Hudson River painter, who also moved into impressionism and Tonalism. After training with William Trost Richards at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he became an associate with the National Academy in New York City in 1871 and a full academician in 1884. For many years, he exhibited his accomplished works at that venue. A seminal trip to France in 1869, which exposed him to the Barbizon painters, influenced his style. This particular painting really does bear an especially strong resemblance to the Barbizon forest interiors by Narcisse Diaz de la Pena. Some of Parton's larger, luminous, more light-filled works have brought to the $50,000 area at auctions, and his works are widely sought after by fine galleries. This example has been relined in recent times. The original tacking edge is no longer with the painting, though the stretcher might be the original. There is a small disturbed area, not quite a puncture, at center right (whitish area) and a small dimple, again not a puncture, at center left. Otherwise the painting is clean and presentable and stable. It needs a gilt frame and a light over it to bring a full appreciation of the artist's flickering brushwork and handling of light. See the net for much more on the artist and his works and career. .
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