This is one of the highly popular paintings, almost always featuring favorite landscapes of the southwestern states, by the American artist WILLARD PAGE (1885-1958). This particular oil on canvas on board work, 12" by 22" (15 1/2" by 25 1/2" as framed), likely dates to the late 1940's. It is signed "WPage" at lower left. The subject is late autumn flaming yellow aspen trees, probably in Colorado or northern New Mexico. Page was born in Kansas in the mid 1880's. He and his wife moved to Colorado after taking a liking to the Rockies. He based himself in Boulder, painting generally miniatures, or at least small paintings, of the scenery with which he was so familiar and so fond. The paintings were excellent sellers, as they are now found scattered around the nation, having come home to all points of the compass with the tourists who visited the West and Southwest from about the 1920's through 1950 or so. Later in life, due to health concerns, he and his wife spent more time further south, in the milder climes of Tucson and Prescott, Arizona. The works painted in those years of the 1930's and 1940's feature adobes, cacti, and other symbols of the Great Southwest. This example is in excellent condition other than normal soiling consistent with its age. The board on which the painting rests is slightly bowed towards the viewer but this is not noticeable. Frame has light wear.
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