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Early California art 19th century naive painting of Gold Country landscape with miners circa 1870
Paintings and art dealing with the California Gold Rush mining period, which lasted for a rather brief period of years, from the late 1840's to only about 1870 at the latest, are today very desirable and collectable. This unsigned, anonymous artist Gold Country work is painted on canvas laid on board, and it measures 21 1/2" by 25 3/4" (26 1/2" by 30" as framed). Note the American flag on the mountain and the tiny figures in their colorful work shirts and overalls, working the gullies. There is vertical creasing from the painting having been rolled, and considerable inpainting throughout, and some disturbed surface, as at upper right. More photos happily provided, upon request, as the condition issues are difficult to describe in the nine allowed images. Despite the condition issues, the painting is a scarce historical work dealing with a short but very important period in the nation's history, when people from points east headed to California to seek their fortune in the search for the elusive yellow metal, in the process acquiring the name "The 49ers". The folk art aspect is undeniable, as the flag, the naive figures and composition show the artist was talented yet still not a "fine" and highly trained painter. .
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