This is a well executed impressionistic watercolor of haystacks on a marsh, a popular theme in American art, addressed most notably during the third quarter of the nineteenth century by the great Martin Johnson Heade, in the marshes of coastal northeastern Massachusetts. This painting on heavy paper was laid down to an old board a long time ago. Unfortunately it does not appear to be signed, at least not on the front. The painting itself measures 10" by 14", 18 1/2" by 22 1/4" in its late 19th century American style gold framing. The painting has even overall age toning. There is a curved tear of paper at right center as a result of pressure that came actually through the back, in the process deforming the soft board and affecting the paper laid on top of it. The tear resembles a thumbnail curve and is about the same size. See photos of the board with the painting laid on it, the mat temporarily removed, for a full understanding of the mount situation including old adhesive along edges. I would not be surprised, were this to be by a well listed artist.
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