Oil on canvas painting of waves breaking on the beach at sunset, (titled on reverse "Fading Sun"), measuring 16" by 20" unframed, signed at lower right by artist CARYL WOOD, the wife of famed landscape painter Robert Wood. Caryl was an amateur painter when she met the already famous Robert Wood in 1953 after he sustained serious injuries when hit by a car on Pacific Coast Highway. The couple married and Robert instructed her in painting, taking her along on painting trips. In 1964 the Woods moved to San Diego after having been at Woodstock for long period. Finally they moved to Bishop, California in the shadow of the high Sierra mountain range. Evidently Caryl became a competent painter in her own right, closely following the style of her husband. This painting certainly resembles the work of Robert Wood, and I am thinking that perhaps he had a hand in painting some or all of it. Close examination of the signature area appears reveals that there was another signature underneath that of Caryl, and the "W" of Wood seems to be present. If this be a Robert Wood in disguise, the price is a great bargain. There is a white dab of paint or foreign matter at lower right, appearing as a 1 1/2" long vertical streak in the photos. At center left below the wave, almost lost in the action, is a 3/4" small puncture. So after some small restoration you can put a frame on this and hang it on the wall.
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