A vintage California oil on canvas painting of high mountains and the desert at sunset, probably painted circa 1935 through the early 1940's, 20" by 24" (23" by 27" in likely the original frame), signed at lower right by Los Angeles area artist ESSIE KAILEY (1897-1986). Kailey is not apparently a known artist, and was likely a talented amateur. Only due to the wonders of the internet have I been able to determine her birth and death dates and place of burial in Glendale, California at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In the 1940 census she was shown to be living in Los Angeles. The orange glow of the clouds and the color they lend to the desert floor is captivating. The painting shows its age, with stretcher bar show-through, stable craquelure at upper left, a general lack of varnish and soiling consistent with age, and most notably a small puncture in the sky about two inches in total length. The frame shows wear again consistent with its age. With a patch repair of the sky issue, and light sanding or painting of the frame at left, the work could be enjoyed without further ado.
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