Painting on canvasboard, I believe in tempera or similar, (not oil), 16" by 20" (21" by 25" framed), titled on reverse "SWAYBACK", and signed at lower right "CHARLES TRUMBO HENRY" and dated there 1948. The artist was a student of Thomas Hart Benton, Boardman Robinson, and George Grosz. Little known today, he was an active exhibitor and major museums include his work in their collections. Henry was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and his remains are at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. He was a student at the Art Students League, and a member of the American Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, New Orleans Art Association, and Society of Independent Artists. The artist's works were exhibited in the middle years of the 20th century at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Carnegie, Corcoran, Pennsylvania Academy, Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Whitney. A muralist, he worked in the regionalist movement, and post office murals by his hand exist. This work's title apparently refers to the "swayback" of the sagging roof lines, reminiscent of horses with such deformities. This appears to be a rural scene in that regionalist tradition. There are no figures present; the buildings have been around so long that they are becoming one with the land. The painting is in need of restoration, most obviously at upper left where a diagonal white area in the photos of about 4 1/2" will require attention. There are other scattered losses and instabilities, showing as white spots in the photos. This work is well worth restoring, as it is a true mid century Regionalist painting.
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