Gouache on paper abstract painting, 18 1/4" by 24" (30 1/2" by 35 1/2" framed, behind glass), signed at lower right by the noted pioneer American abstractionist JOHN OPPER (1908-1994). This is a richly colored work that is highly decorative. Opper was academically trained at the Cleveland School of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and was considered a well-trained and competent artist at the end of the 1930's when he arrived in New York. His work was Regionalist and American Scene in style, with social commentary. Training with the highly influential Hans Hofmann in those mid 1930's years set off changes in his painting, which veered dramatically to abstraction and Color Field work. Opper traveled around the country, teaching in Wyoming, Alabama, and North Carolina, before returning to New York. I read online through much of a transcript of a talk with him in the 1960's, (Smithsonian). This artist was a front row witness to the dramatic changes sweeping American art in the 1930's and 1940's. He knew and met many of the most important artists of the day, such as Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock and de Kooning. Today his work seems to be largely forgotten and sorely underappreciated by the marketplace. This painting came from a local estate. There is some crackling of the gouache which has become losses in a few spots (see last photo, the reddish area is a loss, and there are a few other small ones nearby----ask for more images). Read the online transcript, which shows how this artist was really on the cutting edge of art at mid century in America. Allow for reflections in some images. Since the images were taken I have removed this from the frame. The frame is still available though if the purchaser wants it, at no extra cost (except for obviously higher shipping).
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