A fine watercolor from 1908 of a sunny, tawny clearing in a forest, signed at lower left by the noted, listed west coast artist JOHN MARION CROOK (1867-1924). Measurements are 11" by 17 1/2" and 18 1/2" by 25" in dark oak Arts and Crafts-looking frame. Crook was born in Illinois, and was educated at the Art Institute there and at the Royal Academy in Berlin. By 1903 he was in Portland, Oregon. During the remainder of what was to be a short life, he traveled the west coast from Washington to Mexico, painting primarily in watercolor. He seems to be most closely associated with Oregon. Crook is known for his fairly rarely encountered, delicate watercolors of forests and meadows, with fogs, ethereal mists and haze often in evidence. Crook was a member of the Society of Oregon Artists, and Painters of the Pacific Northwest. His works are included in the collections of the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Historical Society. This more than century old example is extremely fresh and without fading or other damage, despite its having traveled without glass. The dark stained oak frame is apparently original to the work. On the reverse is a hand written label which says, "Original pastel (sic) by Portland, Oregon artist (signed) Bought 1908".
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