Oil on canvas California coastal landscape, in extremely poor condition, in need of someone to love it and preserve it. The work measures 19" by 22" (23" by 26" framed), and is signed at lower right J... WITT. From comparison to a fully signed painting, I can say that this is a work of listed California artist JESSIE R. DeWITT. DeWitt was active in the Laguna Beach area in the 1940's, and has some ties to Arkansas, but generally there is little biographical information available on this talented painter. This is a really, really nice classic plein air work that would be worth a lot of money were it by a major artist---or, worth good money, were it in perfect condition. The painting has either been stored in an unsatisfactory environment, or the artist used poor materials, or both.......there is much instability, paint cupping, and losses at upper left center and bottom, and bottom left...this is a candidate for major restoration, relining, the works......but it is well worth restoring, if you like the beautiful scene, complete with blonde California light. The signature is missing a chunk of paint right in the middle but the final letters are "ITT" and the first initial "J" is present. Due to the poor condition and instability, this is not shippable.......local hand pickup only please. I think the scene is likely La Jolla Cove area, looking north up the coast to Black's Beach and Torrey Pines.
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