A highly decorative, elegant painting of Siamese cats, 22" by 24" (32" by 34" in gold contemporary framing), signed at top edge by the noted American artist KENNETH STEVEN MACINTIRE (1891-1979). Judging from the materials used, the painting was likely painted at some time from the late 1940's through about 1960, I believe. The colors used----white, gold yellows, and black----make for a highly decorative composition that reminds of the Art Deco period. Condition is excellent, with an old patch at bottom. Frame is late 20th century and of modest quality, with a few losses of the gold. Macintire was born in Boston and trained at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After the first World War (during which he painted camouflage) he opened a Washington D.C. studio. By the early 1930's he was in Southern California painting portraits of celebrities and race horses. In 1961 he moved to Sonoma County north of San Francisco, where he passed away in 1979. His fame has been muted as he did not sell paintings during his lifetime. This work would be especially prized by the Siamese cat fancier, but, really, anyone could appreciate the inherent qualities of this fine painting.
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