Watercolor and ink drawing of a river landscape with ship, bridge and surrounding terrain, 7 1/2" by 9 1/2" (14 1/2" by 16 3/4" in interesting old gold frame), signed at lower left by noted Russian-born American artist JOHN WENGER (1887-1976). The artist was born in Russia, his father a local artist. The young man showed early talent and he was accepted into the Imperial Art Academy on scholarship. By 1903 he was in the United States, where he worked in costume design and jewelry at his uncle's store in Newark, New Jersey. Wenger returned for more art education at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design. In 1916 he was granted a one man show at Folsom Gallery. Increasing recognition of his talents followed. Wenger pursued with vigor his fascination with music/theater and art design. He is credited with advancements in stage design. The Met, Boston Opera, Greenwich Village Theater, Ziegfeld Follies and other prestigious venues sought out his impressive talent. Wenger's drawings appear from time to time at auction. This work is in excellent condition. At present, thin Plexiglas protects the work. As it has attracted foreign matter that defies easy removal, you might wish to have the drawing glazed. The frame is interesting, the simple design reminiscent of Southwest patterns or Art Deco or both.
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