Fine old painting of a young woman in a most distinctive red-striped dress, signed at lower right by American artist REVINGTON ARTHUR (1908-1986). This painting has composition, a great palette and blond light, and a modernist feel. It stands in contrast to much of his work, which was executed in rather dark colors. The artist was a student of George Luks, Arshile Gorky, and Kimon Nicolaides. He was a member of the Silvermine Guild in Connecticut, a state with which he is most closely associated. Much of his work has a WPA era feeling to it, but he in later works explored modernism and abstraction. Arthur was an instructor at Chautauqua Summer School from the mid 1950's until near the end of his life. He exhibited at the National Gallery and many major museums, but he seems to be largely forgotten today. This painting, oil on wood panel, measures 23 1/2" by 19" (30" by 25" in the tired frame, which has wear). The painting needs some professional cleaning and varnish. There's a little scrape in her hair area that needs a touch-up. The striped dress is very much in the manner of Matisse, Dietz Edzard, or Suzanne Eisendieck, or the French Impressionists. Overall this is a really superb, strong work by an artist who is currently very underrated.
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