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An unusual print with an Arts and Crafts period feeling, featuring a Torrey Pine on the rugged Southern California coastal cliffs. The print has an embossed, three dimensional quality, the hillside and tree in a mellow light green complemented by tiny streaks of light blue, and some cream and brown shades. This could be some variety of screenprint technique but I am not certain as to the process employed to create this work of art. The artist signed in pencil at lower right margin "M. Coates". There are several possibilities within the realm of listed artists but for various reasons, none seems to be a tight fit with this particular work. There is more certainty as to the date it was created---circa late 1930's or early 1940's would be logical. This has traveled with no glass, so light soiling, some brownish discoloration at bottom center, and a few other minor issues associated with a print of this age are in evidence, but overall it has survived in presentable condition. You could keep the present mat with its hand-drawn lines but they are interrupted in a few spots, and you would have to cover the mat with a new, clean one in any event, then glaze. The period strip frame is simple, in keeping with the period. Measurements are 5" by 3 3/4" inside the mat and 10 1/2" by 8 1/2" framed.
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California art unusual circa 1940 print "Torrey Pine" by artist M. Coates
$100 USD SOLD
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