By the famous American sculptor HERMON ATKINS MACNEIL (1866-1947), this is a scarce landscape work in pastel, 21 1/2" by 27 1/4" (31" by 36 1/4" framed), signed at lower left and dated there '43. The season strikes me as being spring, the fresh foreground green and the pinkish tree suggesting new life, but this could also be autumn's finery. MacNeil was a Massachusetts-born artist who achieved fame primarily as a sculptor of Indian subjects, but he also created a sculpture for a pediment on the Supreme Court building, as well as other public buildings around the nation, and he designed the famously beautiful and complex Standing Liberty Quarter, which was issued from 1916 through 1930. The young artist studied in Paris and Rome in the late 1880's and 1890's, and became a National Academician in 1906. He designed medals of award for the San Francisco Panama Pacific International Exhibition of 1915. MacNeil was also a teacher----the first drawing instructor at Cornell, and an instructor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In recent years, a sculpture exceeded $300,000 at public auction. His non-sculpture art is scarce to rare, and not sufficiently appreciated. This large work is in excellent condition. As the work is heavy with the glass, it might best be shipped with Plexi installed, or between boards, the glass discarded. Email me to discuss shipping options.
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