(ONE OF SEVERAL BY MERRIAM IN MY SHOP) An oil on canvas, 25" by 30" (28" by 33" framed), the subject a California mountain in late afternoon light, feathery eucalyptus at left, the painting signed at lower left by the talented California painter JAMES MERRIAM (1880-1951). This example is very typical of the artist's work. Merriam was born in Canada and was studying in Detroit, before arriving in Southern California. He traveled the Southwest and California, painting the deserts, the missions, redwood forests, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and Yosemite. As he was said to have abused alcohol later in life, his work can be uneven, and this unevenness has hurt his auction footprint. The artist's better works are highly undervalued by the present market. Mostly in the sky, there is some light stable craquelure, often found in paintings by this artist. A cleaning would be advisable, as it would strip off seventy years of yellowed varnish and light soiling.
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